~~October 12, 2020~~
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY
I’m celebrating ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day‘. I’m not celebrating Columbus Day anymore. I have educated myself more than I was in school. I’m old enough to know the difference!
Patrick Willie is an amazing representative of the Navajo Nation’s culture.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.
It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.
Many reject celebrating him, saying that he represents “the violent history of the colonization in the Western Hemisphere“, and that Columbus Day is a sanitation or covering-up of Christopher Columbus’ actions such as enslaving Native Americans.
Patrick Willie is paying it forward culturally. It didn’t come easy and there was a big learning curve, but the work is paying off.
That is why Willie, a world champion hoop dancer, is today’s everyday hero.
Willie is a full-blooded Navajo, but said he didn’t have the opportunity to grow up on the reservation in New Mexico like his parents. He was born and raised in Orem.
His parents know Navajo fluently and met at Brigham Young University. Both were students in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Indian Placement Program.
~~Published December 13, 2016~~
I made this as a fun project for Native American Heritage Month.
I compiled a lot of unique creative hoop dance moves people don’t typically see, all inspired by hoop dancers I look up to. I hope that this video can help inspire other hoop dancers creatively.
The hoop dance is a dance that shares a story and the story I’m conveying here is to use your imagination. I keep an ever-growing list of ideas in my phone. It’s amazing, a new hoop move usually hits me every few days.
I then get that burst of excitement and have to try the move that crossed my mind. I’m sure you all can relate, that feeling of excitement of experiencing something that brings you pure bliss, it could be in the form of your favorite song/movie/book/food/art or even life itself. Be creative and most importantly have fun doing so.
Think outside the box, or in this case, think outside the “hoop”.
Each of the places I recorded making this video all have a story of their own. I was interrupted by police when recording one time but was left alone when they recognized me from another time I danced downtown, another time a school was having recess and a teacher came to ask me to do an impromptu performance so I did, another time I danced for the people at the park, I hiked 5 hours up provo canyon to dance with a nice view, I packed everything in my backpack and biked 2 hours to the lake and danced for the people fishing.
When I danced at the capitol (day after the election) there were protesters (seen in the background) with whom I had a wonderful conversation about unity. There’s so much more that went on behind the scenes that added meaning to my dance and the many messages it has to share.
I’m from Utah.
~~Published July 21, 2017~~
Native American Fancy War Dance
(4K HDR 1000fps)
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