Back to Cheyenne, where our last stop was the Indian village again to watch the traditional dances.
 This I'd have to say was the best part of the whole show.

 The girls were so graceful, and each was introduced (by an elder) for her academic achievements, class valedictorian, etc.
 Do you love the bells on this yellow dress? And her belt!

 The littlest girls joined in for the butterfly dance, which was wild as a rainbow.

 Gathering hoops for the finale.
 Inside the trading post tent.
 Q impressed with the costumes.
 In the last dance, everyone was invited into the ring to feel out the drum beats with their feet.
 You can see the drummers in the center, under the canopy, with the long braids down their backs.
 This guy was magnificent in his costume.
Local Cheyenne vehicles.


susanna said...

Ohhhhh, this is soooo interesting! I swear, you take your daughter to the best places! That event is right up my alley, too. And your photos, as usual, are beautiful. Have you thought of emailing low res images to the organizers of the event? I bet the dancers and their families would LOVE seeing them!

Tamara said...

That is like like the Village People on peyote and a carnival all wrapped up in one.

I see these and want to invite you to come and visit. Its normally pretty nice here. I've been encountering crazy creepy too. A lot.

Ana Degenaar said...

This looks magical!

Born of the Sea said...

wow this looks truly incredible!
what a great culture...to have a tradition this beautiful so deeply engraved.

I am part Cherokee (aren't we all a little??! ha) but it was lost over time because it was something that was hidden for fear of discrimination. So glad to see tradition still carries on in places.

-Morgan (Born of the Sea)

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Lucky you, Morgan! That's such a great history to have a piece of. Yes I think a lot of us have Native American blood from somewhere - mine probably comes from Mexico by way of my father, since my mother was born in Europe. My very Irish-looking husband even has a card marking him as a part of the Creek Indian nation, even though he has only a small fraction in his bloodlines. It's good to know.