By Courtney Oberhansli
On Monday, March 24, from 6 – 7 p.m. the Agaidicutta Dancers will perform at Mineral County Library.
The group is led by Patty Hicks, a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, who has 50 years of experience establishing dance groups. Accompanied by drummers, the group performs beautiful songs and dances, which are unique to the Great Basin.
These rarely seen dances come from Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe Tribes. Song and dance leader Hicks says, “We dance in the steps of our ancestors for it is the spirits of old ones that lead and guide us.”
Mineral County Library is able to present this wonderful local group through funds provided by the Library Services and Technology Act supporting Nevada’s statewide reading program “El Dia de Los Niños.”
This grant allows communities to develop programs and purchase materials that celebrate local heritage as well as help libraries to reach children and families with a world of learning through books, videos and programs.
The American Library Association states that “Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds” (http://dia.ala.org/content/about-dia).
Mineral County Library will be using “El Dia de Los Niños” funds for several international craft sessions to be held after school. Interested children and parents will be able to register for these sessions. Grant funds will also help the Library to develop a new foreign language film collection. More information on all of these events and offerings will soon be coming your way.