Before we went to see the Antelope Canyon in Page, (Arizona), our driver drop us off at the town center where the mini trucks that would take us to the canyon are. A bunch of tourists were already there when we arrived. Everyone was told to take shelter under the shed where a hoop dance performance from a native American will be shown.
The Native American Hoop Dance is a kind of performance art that tells a story.
It is usually performed by a solo dancer with a number of hoops.
This dance is kind of a ritual.
The hoop is considered as the eternal, never-ending circle of life.
While performing, the dancer makes shapes and objects.
Like a butterfly.
A lotus flower, maybe?
A snake or a coyote?
A hunter hunting an egg?
In this dance, the hoops are picked up through the dancer’s feet, not hands.
They are then interlocked to one another, forming wings, tails, etc…
The dance is accompanied with a music that’s fast and lively.
I was told that in some version of this hoop dance, a performer carries 30 hoops at once.
There’s an annual World Hoop Dance Championship that happens at Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. This year, the event celebrated its 25th year!