I have always had a fascination for Aboriginal culture and the thought of a pow-wow or hoop dance gets my heart racing. This is a great video of Dallas Arcand performing a hoop dance last summer.
Originally, the hoop dance was performed by medicine men and healers as medicinal or visionary dances. It is said that dancers and shamans of great ability could see visions through the hoops and develop their healing powers.
Throughout the dance, the performer uses dozens of hoops to imitate many different creatures found on Mother Earth – eagles, turtles, snakes, butterflies and flowers…
As the hoops are moved about, the performer weaves this tale of interconnectedness. Kevin Locke, a Plains native uses 28 hoops in his dance. The number of hoops – 28 – represents the number of days in a lunar cycle.
I hope you enjoy the video – it took some time to download (for me), but it’s worth the wait.