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Hoop Dancer

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 8 November 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Originally the Hoop Dance was performed by medicine men and spiritual leaders as medicinal and/or visionary dances. Visions were seen through the hoops to cure ailments or see the future. The Hoop Dance allows the dancers to weave the story of how all living things on the earth are connected and how they grow and change. Hoop dancers use dozens of hoops to imitate the creatures found on Mother Earth. While every dancer lends his or her own interpretation, each follows the theme of harmony with nature. These dancers may imitate the form and movement of an eagle, a snake, a butterfly, a flower, a turtle or Mother Earth herself.

PENTAX K200D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 97 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great one, with the 5 rings!

8 Nov 2009 6:24am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you Paco! ;-)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

cool capture!

8 Nov 2009 9:25am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you Elena! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like your series about the Native dancers very much

8 Nov 2009 10:06am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good morning Eric,
again a very interesting and colorful reception which I like very much. The Declaration on the recording is very interesting. When one is in harmony with nature, then it is a whole. I wih you a beautiful Sunday.
Dear greetings Christel

8 Nov 2009 10:24am

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Lovely to see all these kids having fun in a a park . Great capture ;)

8 Nov 2009 3:04pm

@MARIANA: Thanks very much Mariana! ;-)

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

Great capture and really interesting history of the origins of the hoops!

8 Nov 2009 5:58pm

@Craig@Random Ramblings: Thanks very much Craig! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

8 Nov 2009 6:20pm

@PATRICK: Thanks Patrick! ;-)

starCosmosBleu from bedford.Qc, Canada

Great capture and you in some remote desert area its a real thing...lovely colors

9 Nov 2009 10:26am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Very complicate dance this one, according to your descripstion.....and I wonder at the skill of this dancer as he looks VERY YOUNG! Enjoyed greatly this series , photos as well as your explanations. In Japan, in the northern island of Hokkaido,the Ainu are still alive and try hard to keep their traditions. It is believed they were the inhabitants of these islands before the Yamate people (ancestors of present day Japanese) pushed them north. Their costumes and dances and traditions have something in common with those of the First Nations on the American soil. Though, it is difficult to find a 100% pure Ainu nowadays, as the intermarriage almost wiped off the Ainu.

10 Nov 2009 4:18am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! It pleases me greatly that you have enjoyed this series. The First Nations cultures everywhere in the world are under pressure from the modern world. It is only through the dedication of a few that their cultures survive..... ;-)

1/250 second
ISO 100
97 mm (35mm equiv.)