I took a client to see a Dance Festival that came to our city, and what an excellent thing to see. It started out with 3 dancers who used boxes. They were dressed like old-school mechanics or laborers of some sort (sorry for the crappy description) and they would change the shape by rolling or moving these wooden boxes about in time to the music. It was more than a little cool.
But even they took second place (in my eyes) to the Native American dancers who performed a pow-wow. They were absolutely amazing.
It was a family of three. The father did a ‘Warrior’s Dance’, their 7 year old son did the ‘Flashy Dance’ and the mother did the ‘Hoop Dance’. All three were incredible but I’d never seen the Hoop Dance before and I was mesmerized. She explained before beginning the dance that she would be creating different animals out of the hoops, and that it’s said the People (at one time) forgot how to treat Mother Nature and the Hoop Dance was designed to get them to remember the importance of nature and how we all rely on it.
The Warrior’s Dance also had imagery involved. It was explained that it was meant to partially reenact something such as a famous battle or hunt. Throughout you could see him looking for tracks or shooting a bow.
The Flashy Dance was meant to be just that…flashy. It was fast and full of acrobatics. We were told that during the era of flourishing Wild West movies, Native Americans were often asked to come on set and perform for the actors, crew etc. They became increasingly competitive and flashier, and the Flashy Dance was born.
Here’s a few pictures.
The whole experience was worth it and my client was beaming from ear to ear when we left. I was so taken in by the Hoop Dance that I forgot to take pictures. My phone just dangled in my hand.
If you’d like to see the Hoop Dance, I’ve provided a video below.
I have such a deep respect for the Native American culture. I think they were onto something when it comes to nature and respecting the Earth. I think we could all learn a thing or two from them.