Friday, February 13, 2009

Waiting to Compete

Here is a dancer holding his hoops and waiting to compete in the Heard Museum's 19th Annual World Championship Hoop Contest.   The photo below shows him competing.

The competition involves athleticism, agility, speed, creativity, and lots of practice to use the hoops and dance in a large dirt circle arena with hundreds of people sitting around watching the performances.  

The competition is divided into Tiny Tots, Youth, Teen, Adult, and Senior.  Contestants dance with hoops (1 to 50), and they create various images from riding a horse to being a butterfly. The hoop or circle is symbolic to Native people and represents the Circle of Life.  

The drummers and singers are excellent. The adult dancers perform for seven minutes and never stop moving or manipulating the hoops. Dancers come from all over the United States and Canada.

The photo below shows one of the Duncan brothers (Tony Duncan?) Arizona in action. You can see him off the ground with three hoops displayed behind his back while dancing to the rhythms of the drums and the chanting of the elders.

11 comments:

Olivier said...

belles photos, et superbe costume. Sur la deuxième photo, on dirait qu'il va s'envoler
beautiful photos, and great costume. On the second picture, it looks like he will fly

Steffe said...

Dancing with 50 hoops sounds a little difficult!

Web-OJ said...

I'm glad you put BOTH the pics. That's an awesome outfit. Did he win?

brattcat said...

I agree with Web-OJ. Each photo carries so much information. That second one, catching him off the ground, wow. Really well done.

Sharon said...

Great photos Julie. I'll have to post some more next week. It was so much fun to watch.

Jilly said...

These amazing clothes lead on so well from the Chihuly, don't they?! Love them. I want one of those for a party in summer - the costumes I mean.

cieldequimper said...

You've just made my day!

Stu said...

Great picture of him dancing.

lavenderlady said...

I love the Heard museum. Lucky you to be there to see the competition.

Hilda said...

The performances must have been so exciting to watch!

JM said...

The outfit is absolutely gorgeous and, according to the fantastic 2nd pic, I guess it must be amazing watching what they can do!

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