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Return of the THUNDERBIRDS

Saturday, April 13 was a beautiful sunny day to celebrate the return of spring, the return of sprouting native plants, and the return of migratory birds at the 3rd annual RETURN OF THE THUNDERBIRDS event! This cross-cultural community event, held at Lincoln’s Indian Center, Inc. was conceived by Spring Creek Prairie and cultural consultant, Renee Sans Souci, as a way to bring the community together and learn more about native culture and connect it to this important time of year through celebration and conversation.  

This year’s event grew to over 500 attendees visiting over 30 vendor booths consisting of indigenous artists, local conservation partners, and community organizations. Highlights and new and exciting activities at the event were an amazing performance by the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe, live bird shows from Raptor Conservation Alliance, music of South America from Oscar Rios, special guest speakers like local author, Thomas C. Gannon, and a community collaborative art piece about our climate with local native artist Colleen New Holy, sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council. 

Two members of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe perform to an enraptured crowd.
Eagle dancers with Many Moccasins Dance Troupe.
Photos: Brady Karg and Jason St. Sauver/Audubon.

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