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A man cries out, sparking a movement of color all around him. The dance that follows is a form of prayer, an expression of feeling and a method of bringing forces together.

For centuries, American Indians have been using dance of different style and meaning in ceremonies, powwows and just to past the time. Today, with the help of the Great Plains Dancers, the American Indian culture endures.

The Great Plains Dancers are performing at military communities across Germany for National American Indian Heritage Month until December.

This year’s event is called “Strengthening the Spirit,” and is showcasing both traditional men’s and women’s dance styles from tribes throughout the States.

Performances will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Schweinfurt Middle School; Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Illesheim Elementary School in Ansbach; Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Escape Club in Hohenfels; Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stable Theater in Bamberg; Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Langenbruck Center in the Vilseck-Grafenwöhr communities; Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pioneer dining facility in Hanau; Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Theater in Baumholder; Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kazabra Club in Kaiserslautern; Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Community Activity Center in Garmisch; and Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Stars Bar & Grill at the Bad Aibling Station.

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