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1530 NE Marine Dr.
United States

About Us

<code>Kukatonon is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s African dance troupe. Kukatonon celebrates the richness and complexity of African culture, a culture that can fill the hearts and minds of African, African American, and children of all races in Northeast Portland and provide a sense of place, home, safety and purpose where there is too often disillusionment and despair.<br />Kukatonon was founded 30 years ago by Rolia Manyongai-Jones, a native of Liberia who left her home land to attend school at Portland State University. Rolia had a dream to instill discipline, pride, and multi-cultural awareness in the children of Northeast Portland through African dance, and this is what she has done. <br /><br />As successful as Kukatonon has been providing opportunities for the youth to dance and the public to enjoy the performances, it is time to do more. The Northeast Portland community needs to provide its at-risk youth with a home: a place where they are accepted, where their culture is celebrated, and where they can come to develop pride and respect in who they are and where they came from. This place will be the African Cultural Center and Kukatonon will be the foundation of the Center. </code>