Hoop dance is a colorful form of storytelling through dancing with hoops. Dancers can use as many as 50 hoops with intricate moves that combine skill and grace. Tony White Cloud from Jemez Pueblo created more popularity for Hoop Dancing in the 1930s with public performances at fairs in the US and even across Europe with Gene Autry promoting war bonds. The Heard Museum will hold the World Championship Hoop Dance Competition. How has hoop dance changed through the years? What does it take to be a hoop dance champion?
Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa/Santee Dakota/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) – cultural specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and co-founder of the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
Leslie Deer (Muscogee) – Native apparel designer and judge for the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
Break Music: Wild Band Of Comanches – Men’s Fancy (song) Gathering Of Nations Powwow (artist) A Spirit’s Dance (album)