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Why is Kúkátónón important?
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Kúkátónón is an African dance youth performance troupe committed to building and serving our community by offering culturally authentic dance instruction, youth mentoring, and support to our children, their families and communities.
Kúkátónón (pronounced Koo Kah Ton Naun) means “We are One” in the Kpelle language of Liberia. With the vision of our amazing Founders we were founded in 1983. One of our Founding Mothers is Mama Rolia Manyongai-Jones, an immigrant from rural Liberia and a former teacher in the Portland Public Schools. It was with a dream of educating young minds about African and African American traditions and bringing people together across cultural lines through her life’s passion, dance, that founded Kúkátónón 35 years ago.
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