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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 12:19 AM

World-class hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies

yesterday

https://apnews.com/a77cc5b5b71e25de3ce8b2ec784a1540/gallery/3bdd81b116e74a49814158bd600d8704

Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, who traveled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil then returned to New Mexico to coach youth dancers, has died at age 30.

LaRance, who was Tewa, Hopi, Navajo and Assiniboine, died Sunday after he accidentally fell from a bridge in New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County, said his father, Steve LaRance.

Nakotah LaRance started dancing when he was 5, Indian Country Today reported. His father took him to a powwow where he met champion hoop dancer Derrick Davis, who made him his first set of hoops and started teaching him how to dance.

Native hoop dancing involves doing intricate footwork while twirling and throwing hoops in the air and manipulating them into shapes such as wings, tails, an open alligator mouth or a sphere.

“The hoop dance is a healing ceremony,” Steve LaRance said. “Just a super energy that comes out of performing gives people a whole other feeling about them, what they saw and even about themselves.”

More:
https://apnews.com/a77cc5b5b71e25de3ce8b2ec784a1540



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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 12:23 AM

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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 12:43 AM

2. Oooh. ...



Strength to the people who love him.

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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 12:49 AM

3. So sad

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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 01:00 AM

4. Very short interview with beautiful clip:





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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 01:28 AM

5. Oh my...

May the winds carry your transformed energy for healing and the heart's light, Nakotah LaRance.
Be now among the star people that have gone before you - who now observe and teach the ancient stories, Nakota!
Who now will translate your movements and rise up with healing that inspires life's dance.

Condolences to friends and family. Such a great loss.

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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 01:58 AM

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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 02:02 AM

7. The world

is dimmer.

Thank you for sharing Nakotah with us.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 15, 2020, 03:44 AM

8. Thank you for sad yet extremely interesting post and link

From that link there is a link to an Indian Country story that has a video of one of his dances

It also points to several dances on youtube

I've sent the material to a part Navajo friend

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