The Snake Dance
is one of the most misunderstood of all Native ceremonials.
In an early chapter, Holm provides examples of how different Native Americans maintained their sense of peoplehood in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through such practices as the Sun Dance, the Hope Snake Dance
, Sequoyah's creation of a Cherokee syllabary, and the sustained resistance to removal among the Cherokee Keetoowah society (23-49).
I went to that area as well, in the '60s, and my experiences there have stayed in the back of my mind all these years--seeing the Hopi snake dance
profoundly affected me--though I've never referred to them directly in my work.
He taught us this incredible African snake dance
, and the minute I learned it, I knew in my soul and my gut that dancing was what I wanted to do.
He is befriended by a young Acoma Indian and his beautiful sister, and becomes part of the tribe, participating in the ancient, dangerous snake dance
ceremony, which involves capturing and dancing with live rattlers.
It's a celebration of the best of South African popular music and dance--from Pata Pata to Pantsula Jive, from the Venda Snake Dance
to Ladysmith Black Mambazo--using the songs that have become part of the rich tradition of South African music.
ANCIENT CULTURE: Tin Fung Yan as the Fortune God; IN STEP WITH TRADITION: Kathleen Yu (inset) and young members of the society rehearsing for a New Year snake dance
are (front, centre) Alan Yu with (from left) Pamela Yu, Annabel Yip and Joanna Wan.
First is the Hopi Snake Dance
, an intensely sacred ritual that Whites originally dubbed "hideous" and "weird," and then flocked to by the thousands to witness.
Accommodation is gloriously comfortable in the Inn at Snake Dance
, slap at the base of the Taos slopes.
But she just looked the other way while I kept doing the snake dance
The Halloween party--attended by over 600 youths--included a movie and snake dance
(where all the youths join hands to form a snake-like procession) to a local youth center for preschool and elementary school children.
Their religion, based on deep devotion to nature, includes such rituals as the Snake Dance
, in which rattlesnakes are clasped in the dancer's arms and in his mouth as he dances to evoke the precious rain.
A Hopi Snake Dance
exhibit at Denver's Museum of Natural History
- a ceremonial dance in which snakes are handled or summoned Lottery numbers
In the late '60s I saw a performance of the Hopi Snake Dance