|December 5, 2013
Supa Man takes Native Pride to Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
By Alyssa Nenemay
Crow tribal member and rap artist Christian Takes Gun Parrish aka "Supa Man" joins fellow fancy dancers Isaiah Bob, Spike Draper and Michael Roberts in the big city and bright lights of New York City for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade. (courtesy photo)
NEW YORK — There was a record of three Native American floats to grace the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving’s Day Parade this year and Native American rap artist Supa Man, who is a frequent visitor of the Flathead Reservation, was given the opportunity to participate.
Supa Man is of the Crow nation and he has been dancing in powwows since the fourth grade. The artist received a call a week before the parade with an offer to participated in a Fancy Dance performance with the Native Pride Dancers. “Larry Yazzie, the head of the Native Pride dancers, called me and said he was picking champion fancy dancers for the parade and wanted me to be one of them!” he said.
Native Pride Arts is a performance company founded by two-time world champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie. According to its site, the company recruits and contracts Native American performances that include workshops, dancing, music, story telling, presentations, and lectures throughout the world: “We are passionately devoted to keeping our traditions alive. Our mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions.”
Along with 10 other Native Pride dancers, Supa Man took to the streets of New York City and performed for an audience of 53 million, both at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and for viewers at home. Robed in vibrant regalia, the men fancy danced to a contemporary produced track by Supa Man. “I was thinking of all the Native people around the country who’s prayers were answered to display the beauty of our culture to the world! I was happy and proud!” he said.
Aside from dancing, Supa Man travels throughout the country as a motivational speaker, musical performer, and a comedian. The artist said his goal is to promote sobriety, hope, health, and culture to Indigenous communities. Supa Man said he hoped those who viewed the Native Pride Arts performance had a learning experience. “I hope people learned that we are still here! We are not a forgotten people. I spoke to so many people just in New York who have no clue about native culture except what they see on TV,” he said.