Five hundred years after Columbus, the old inhabitants of the New World are creating a Native American Renaissance. At the heart of this resurgence are tribal dancers who sustain the community's spiritual and artistic traditions. Every year at hundreds of powwows across the country, master dancers compete in exhibitions of skill and pageantry - largely out of sight of the general public. In We Dance Because We Can, photographer Don Contreras and writer Diane Morris Bernstein bring to light the modern practitioners of this ancient art form. Stunning full-color portraits capture more than thirty dancers in traditional regalia, along with photos and profiles of selected tribal leaders, craftsmen, and children. In their own words, the dancers speak of their traditions and experiences in a world most Americans never see.