'Wahzhazhe': An Osage Ballet at the National Museum of the American Indian

A story about the Osage ballet Wahzhazhe, performed at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. March 20-23.

Opening March 20 and running through March 23 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. is the Osage ballet, Wahzhazhe. Performances are free and will be staged daily at 3 p.m. in the Rasmuson Theater, 1st level.

The Osage ballet, Wahzhazhe, is a contemporary ballet that brings together unique and diverse qualities of Oklahoma history and culture: a reverence for classical ballet that was the legacy of two famous Osage ballerinas, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, and the richness of Osage traditional music, dance, and textile arts. The creative set designs transform the stage into accurate depictions of Osage lifestyles and the costumes are created to appear as the traditional tribal clothing that was worn during the past 200 years.

Join us for this unique depiction of the history of the Osage people: their removal from their homelands, the boarding-school era, the discovery of oil on their reservation, which lead to great wealth and tragedy, and the celebration of Osage life today.

Wahzhazhe is produced by Randy Tinker Smith and choreographed by Jenna Smith, both of Osage descent. For further details, click here.

National Museum of the American Indian