Native American Hoop Dancing

While many Native American tribes have staked their claim to hoop dancing, modern Native American hoop dancing dates back to around 1930. Traditionally, the craft is performed by a male solo dancer who totes at least a dozen hoops that are used to form shapes and patterns on and in conjunction with his body. The art form has gradually progressed to include women, who are naturally as poised and proficient as their male counterparts. Formalized by means of a competitive festival, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona provides a platform for young and old dancers to display their talents and heritage each year. The competition draws more than 10,000 spectators and up to 80 participants.