The Native American Hoop Dance

Before we went to see the Antelope Canyon in Page, (Arizona), our driver dropped us off at the town center where the mini trucks that would take us to the canyon are. A bunch of tourists was 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 performance started on time and lasted for around 20 minutes.

The Native American Hoop Dance is a kind of performance art that tells a story.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.
The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

It is usually performed by a solo dancer with a number of hoops.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.
Things to do in Page, Arizona.

This dance is kind of a ritual.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

The hoop is considered as the eternal, never-ending circle of life.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.
Things to do in Page, Arizona.

While performing, the dancer makes shapes and objects – various kinds.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

It might be something that looks like a butterfly.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

Or an eagle.

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

A plant you see every day?

The Indian-Navajo Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

Or a lotus flower, maybe?

The Native American / Indian-Navajo Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

A snake or a coyote?

The Native American Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

A globe.

The Native American / Indian-Navajo Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.
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A hunter hunting an egg?

Things to do at Page, Arizona.
The Native American / Indian-Navajo Hoop Dance at Page, Arizona.

In this dance, the hoops are picked up through the dancer’s feet, not hands.

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A native American dances a traditional dance.

They are then interlocked to one another, forming wings, tails, etc…

Things to do at Page, Arizona.

The dance is accompanied by music that’s fast and lively.

Things to do at Page, Arizona.
Things to do in Page, Arizona.

I was told that in some version of this hoop dance, a performer carries 30 hoops at once.

The dance is accompanied with a music that's fast and lively.
The dance is accompanied by music that’s fast and lively.

Related: All Things to do and see in Arizona

There’s an annual World Hoop Dance Championship that happens at Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. This year, the event celebrated its 25th year! 

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