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Indian Market 2019, Part 4

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In addition to the great art and crafts at the Indian Market, there is also superb music and dancing. The star of the show is Tony Duncan who is a master Native American flutist as well as a five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer. A few months after each Indian Market, the Axillary holds a dinner for the volunteers — thus I was invited — and Tony graciously joined us, not just for dinner but also for entertainment. After his performance, I had a chance to chat with him about his flutes — all handmade, most of which he made himself. I was able to see them up close and he patiently explained the methods used for their construction. They are beautiful instruments both physically and musically.

After performing several pieces of music on his flutes, he then gave us a treat with an exhibition of his hoop dancing.

The following quotes are from Tony's website (https://www.tonyduncanproductions.com). "We dance to the four directions to share the stories of our ancestors."

And, "We sing songs of celebration as we honor the strength and beauty of our indigenous brothers and sisters."

"Tony Duncan was taught to hoop dance at the age of 5 years old. This tradition was passed down from his father Ken Duncan Sr. Carrying on the family tradition is Tony's son Naiche. At 6 years old, Naiche has started his journey into the world of hoop dancing. The ​circle, stories, and traditions continue."

"The Hoop Dance originates from the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico, as a way of healing. The modern form of hoop dancing has since become an intertribal dance and is now shared at social gatherings and powwows alike."

"The dancer uses hoops to create images and shapes that represent the many beautiful creations on Mother Earth."

"The hoop dance teaches us that we must respect and honor all of life as we are all connected in this great circle of life. We celebrate that connection with...the Hoop Dance."

Of course, a still photograph does now give the viewer the complete experience — you are missing both the music and the motion.

Thus I must suggest that you attend a live performance to experience the chants, the music, and the drums.

Besides performances at the Indian Museum, one can see the hoop dance at The Heard Museum annually, usually in February, over two days. Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic may impact the plans for 2021.

Phew, I was worn out just photographing Tony and Naiche — so I took a break and bought some Indian Fry Bread. In case, you are not familiar, it is a simple flour dough, flattened then placed in a deep fat fryer for about a minute then flipped over for another 30 to 45 seconds. It is then drained and toppings can be added. I like powdered sugar — others prefer honey — and many people enjoy a taco made with fry bread. I guarantee you, in every form, it is delicious.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com