Horse Creek Inter-Tribal Dancers, U.S. Buffalo Soldiers to participate in celebration
HENDERSON, Nev. – The month of May marks the one-year anniversary of Green Valley Library as part of the Henderson Libraries system. To celebrate the milestone, Green Valley Library will host several events on Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 22.
Green Valley Library’s first anniversary event will feature the Horse Creek Inter-Tribal Dancers. From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, the Horse Creek Inter-Tribal Dancers will perform in the rotunda of the Green Valley Library – located at 2797 N. Green Valley Pkwy., on the corner of Sunset Road.
The dancers will showcase traditional Native American dance and music including flutes, the grass dance, the fancy shawl and jingle dress dances and storytelling. Participants will also receive a free apple to enjoy during the show.
The second event, featuring the U.S. Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry, will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22. Troopers will be on hand in full dress uniform in the library rotunda to interact with the public and give an overview and history of this historic fighting unit. They will also bring a live horse or two, which will be on parade in front of the building for the public to see.
In 1866 regiments of African American soldiers were activated to provide protection and support in the American West. They consistently received some of the worst assignments the U.S. Army had to offer and they also faced fierce prejudice to both the colors of their Union uniforms and their skin by many of the citizens living in post-war frontier towns. Despite this, the troopers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries developed into two of the most distinguished fighting units in the Army. In fact, the Plains Indians called the black cavalrymen “Buffalo Soldiers,” a name the troopers held in high regard because it represented the fighting spirit of the buffalo.
Live music will follow the event at 1 p.m. in the library rotunda and will feature the guitars and boogie-woogie piano of Brantley, Tofield & Earl (known as The Boogieman Band).
Both anniversary events are free and open to the public. More information can be found by calling 702-207-4261.
Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.
For more information on Henderson Libraries and its many services and resources, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.