By the time the first European settlers arrived on the shores of what is now NYC, there were already multiple flourishing native civilizations here. Thankfully, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, who have been performing for 51 years, keep alive the rich and varied customs of the first Americans, through art, dancing, singing, and storytelling. Tonight, the Theater for the New City hosts this group’s joyous annual powwow, which celebrates the traditions of tribes from the Northeast, Southwest, and Great Plains. Music and dancing from Cherokee, Hopi, Iroquois, and Yaqui tribes reveal the diversity of native cultures, and, in the powwow spirit of sharing, audience members are invited to take part in the program’s finale. The event also features exhibitions, dance contests, and food, providing a glimpse of America’s indigenous peoples.

Jan. 30-Feb. 8, 8 p.m., 2015