The Black Hawk Performance Company
Honors the many tribes who have made Illinois their home.
The Black Hawk Performance Company seeks to honor the many tribes who have made Illinois their home, for centuries or if only for a little while. Black Hawk is one of the most famous American Indian leaders among the Great Lakes tribes.
This Chicago American Indian Museum is home to the Black Hawk Performance Company and the Been Nah Un Den Nah Drum Group. They perform for thousands of children every year. The Black Hawk Performance Company provides an outlet for experienced American Indian talent to share native cultures with the general public and it provides a venue for young native people to learn to celebrate the many tribal songs and dances that enrich our lives as tribal people. Members of the BHPC speak five different native languages and present oral history, storytelling, flute playing, and traditional as well as modern music in their presentations. Black Hawk, founded in 1984 by Carlos (Zeke) Peynetsa, is the oldest American Indian dance company in Chicago.
To schedule the Black Hawk Performance company for your next event or the Been Nah Un Den Nah Drum for your next Pow wow, call 773.338.8320.
More on the Black Hawk Performance Company
Preserving His Heritage-Parsino Carlos Peynetsa
The Black Hawk Performance Company and the Been Na Un Dennah Drum Group
at the National Veterans Museum
Traditional Drum and Dance Performance - American Indian Urban Families and Communities
Did You Know Black Hawk?
“I am a Sac; my father was a Sac; I am a warrior, and so was my father. Ask those young men who have followed me to battle, and they will tell you who Black Hawk is; provoke our people to war, and you will learn who Black Hawk is." Black Hawk