Mexico Indigena, a Madison-based dance troupe, performed traditional native dances and drumming of the Aztec, Mayan and other ancient peoples to the more than 30 people who gathered for the unique occasion at Southwest Library on March 3.

Dressed in traditional costumes — replicas of cultures that flourished as far back as 3,500 years ago — the troupe’s dances featured narratives of movement, rhythm and songs honoring the earth, the sacred birds considered symbolic communicators of those who rule the sky, their ancestors and the sun.