Jones Benally Family

Monday, October 10, 2016
Performing at Haus Schladern
Waldbrölerstr. 35 Windeck-Schladern
Dinner 6:00 pm, Performance 7:30 pm

Private performance, although admission is free, a generous donation is requested.

World Champion hoop dancer and traditional healer Jones Benally, his daughter Jeneda, son Clayson, and grandchildren form the Jones Benally Family Dancers.  Three generations bring together the healing power, beauty and profound messages of Navajo (Diné) culture to educate and uplift audiences around the globe.  The Jones Benally Family gives an unparalleled introduction to Navajo music an dance.

Navajo dance is a sacred tradition encompassing a wide variety of forms, all of which aim to heal the body, mind or spirit. The family's emotive vocals and chanting, along with accompaniment on traditional rhythm instruments, amplify the ceremonial mood. The Benallys' repertoire of ove 20 dances includes traditional forms such as basket dance, eagle dance, feather dance and corn grinding. The hoop dance is always a highlight, as audiences marvel at the phenomenal natural figures and shapes Jones can evoke so fluidly with five, nine, a dozen or many more hoops.

Jones Benally is a respected elder of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona where he works as a healer. He was among the first traditional medical practitioners to be employed by a 'Western' medical facility, where he worked for over 20 years. Jeneda and Clayson have performed with their father for over three decades.


Die ‘Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe’ kommt aus Black Mesa, Arizona. Jones Benally ist nicht nur ‘World Champion Hoop Dancer’, Weltmeister im Reifentanz, sondern auch ‘Medizinmann’ und traditioneller Heiler der Navajo (Diné) Nation und wird als “Living National Treasure” geehrt.

Er, sein Sohn Clayson, seine Tochter Jeneda und ihre beiden Töchter zeigen dem Publikum weltweit die Schönheit und die profunden Botschaften der Navajo (Diné) Kultur durch traditionelle Tänze und Musik. Im Weißen Haus ehrte Michelle Obama Jeneda mit der ‘National Medal For Museum and Library Services’ für ihr soziales- und bildungspolitisches Engagement.

Jeneda und Clayson sind, außerhalb der Family Dance Troupe, die “Multi Award Winning” Band ‘SIHASIN’, die mit ihrem Mix aus Navajo und Folk/ Punk Sounds und ihren politischen Texten das Publikum auf den großen internationalen Festivals begeistert.