Today's #DailyArtReference is of a member of the Wild Horse Singers and Dancers, a multi intertribal group from various nations, performing a dance at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. #DrawThis#dancer#traditionaldress#Indigenousdance#Indigenous#nativedancer#NativeAmerican The Wildhorse Native American Association was formed to give urban Native American Youth in the Los Angeles area an opportunity to learn about traditional values like drumming, singing, and dancing. You can donate to their non-profit organization at http://www.wildhorsesingers.com/donate/ .
Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Got to watch some people from the various Pueblo tribes perform the Buffalo Dance. The Buffalo dance is performed to honor the Buffalo for all of its life giving resources from its pelt to its bones
There was something different about this performance. Something raw, sinuous. Perhaps it was the awakening of memory, the reconnection of hundreds of years of historical relations. Perhaps it was the remembrance of a trauma of such recent relevance.
Aaní, who remembered my aunties and grandparents, welcomed me back. Aaní sang me the same stories she sang to my relatives who had been displaced there in WWII. Aaní connected these stories of remembrance and displacement as I danced upon the land that awakened this memory inside me.
Dancing on Lingít Aaní, among Tlingit ancestors who had taken care of my Unangax̂ kin just 76 years ago, rekindled the significance of our deep relationship; reminded the need for us to take care of our Unangax̂ kin who remained on Lingít Aaní after the internment; exposed the importance of reviving this historic relationship.
It told me we need to care for our Unangax̂ kin who have been displaced and disconnected from their Unangax̂ roots for so long; that the most significant unforeseen aspect of this opportunity to dance was the rekindling of the Tlingit-Unangax̂ relationship and the reconnection for Unangax̂ kin on Lingít Aaní. • • 📷: @lynbro •