Thursday, April 16, 2009

La Danza



This is an example of the type of experience we have shared with the Ecuador youth.

The youth presented two exhibition dances during the Pullman Powwow. During the first dance, the youth presented a dramatized history of Ecuador spanning the last 500 years, beginning from the creation of the world, passing through the conquest, and ending with the present time.

The second dance was performed by only one of the youth.

Santiago danced with a traditional Ecuadorian mask inspired by an ancient spirit known as the Ayauma. The original music suffered some kind of technical difficulty, but in order to not lose the experience, he asked the Dancing Horses Drum to sing for his performance. Obviously, he wouldn't normally perform this kind of dance with singing from the Spokane Tribe, but the combination of cultures sent a powerful message of indigenous unity.

After all the events at the powwow, the youth left with bright, glowing faces. No doubt they will treasure this experience for many years to come.

2 comments:

Oklahoma Farmgirl said...

WOW!!! That is so awesome. I love the combination of cultures.

Blessed be...

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

Yes, the combination of cultures has been a powerful reminder of who we are as a people and what we were meant to create in the world. Thanks for checking in.

Peace.

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