From the time he could walk, Ben’s parents taught him the importance of culture and traditions through customs passed down through the generations. Dance and stories are an integral part of Native American life as a means of expression and perception of self and Ben was exposed to this daily. Ben is an enrolled member of the Navajo Indian Reservation and is affiliated with many local agencies such as American Indian Children’s Council, Southern California Indian Center and American Indian Healing Center to name a few.
Ben and his multi-generational family dance troupe known as the Eagle Spirit Dancers have been presenting North American Indian Culture programs at schools, libraries, fairs, and Pow Wows throughout the Nation. He’s one of a small number of American Indians invited to participate and even coordinate Pow Wows because of his knowledge and authenticity. He regularly performs at the Indian South West Museum and Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Ben is dedicated to dispelling misinformation and/or misconceptions many people hold towards American Indians.
In brilliant, authentic regalia, Ben introduces a variety of dances and stories from tribes across North America. A few of the several dances presented include: the Eagle Dance, Horse Dance, Grass Dance, and the ever popular Hoop Dance where Ben takes about 15 hoops and using his body shapes them into symbols revered in the Native American culture. A cultural look at North American tribes are showcased as seen through their dance and music. Program can also be performed as a duo with another Native American contributing with additional stories and explanation and the playing live music.
Ben can perform live dance for a wide variety of venues including fairs, festivals, summer camps, and community events.