A Red Nativity returns to Omaha
December 9th, 2010
Omaha, NE – Many have heard of the Holy Nativity or Christ Nativity but what about a Red Nativity? This Saturday, Dec. 11th, the Red Nativity Christmas Show arrives at the Omaha Orpheum Theater. A Native American music and dance company, the Bruleâ€™ returns to Omaha.Â Paul LaRoche is the founder the company.Â He said the show bridges cultures by weaving in recognizable Christmas melodies with Native American Music.
“We do present a nativity in our opening scene, itâ€™s a little more earth-based than what most people are used to.Â It still has all of the spirit and the heart of the Nativity and of course since itâ€™s coming from Native America itâ€™s a Red Nativity.”
LaRoche said the show is difficult to describe, but has been compared to a Native American river dance.Â In addition to the Red Nativity scene, the show also includes a variety of traditional Native American dances and costumes also referred to as regalia.Â He said he grew up Catholic and Christmas was a special time of year for him. Â Now a member of the lower Brule Sioux tribe of South Dakota, he said heâ€™s found away to celebrate both cultures.
“I was never told that I was Native American, it was taboo back in those days to openly claim that.Â I grew up without that knowledge… just told I was adopted.Â I lost both of my parents when I was 38 years old, and at that time my wife found some information about the adoption.Â This brought my family and I back to my origins, and there was the beginning of Burle’.”
The show starts at 8pm at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Omaha.
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