Hoop Dancing – A Celebration of Life

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 21st, 2014 Last Updated on: July 21st, 2014


Some very luckily kids were asked to perform for an international audience recently!

Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council, hosted a performance by young hoop dance performers from the Pueblo of Pojoaque at the U.S. Mission, Friday, July 18.

“When we talk about human rights, we like to focus on the human part of that, and of course one of the essential elements of being human is cultural expression,” said Harper, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

U.S. Mission Geneva posted some photos from the event. Their families and community must be so proud.




According to their website, the kids were recently introduced to hoop dancing by the LaRance family. They've already worked hard enough to show off their skills at the February 2014 hoop dancing championship. Here's a clip of them courtesey of the Pueblo of Pojoaque YouTube channel.

To find out more about these young dancers you can visit the Pueblo of Pojoaque page.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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The dancers! and dances! are beautiful, they MUST be taught to the young so they will pass them on, and continue the beauty of their traditions. Am Spanish-European, my daughter is Canadian; we are proud of the native culture, dance and arts. We wonder why there are no native resturants… affordable ones..not over the top for the tourists $$$$ Be known for your roots, spread the knowledge. All the best.


I am from england and i have always loved the native american culture

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