The New England Patriots were not the only ones to leave Phoenix as Champions in February.


A week after the NFL crowned its world champions, another set of contenders also became champions.IMG_4797 cropped
Native Americans from many tribes participated in the World Championship Hoop Dancing contest at the Heard Museum.
Hoop Dance is nothing like a hula hoop dance.
Hoop Dances, which tell tribal stories, are a long standing tradition among many Native American cultures. All age groups, from tiny tots to seniors, participated in the two-day competition. “Each dancer presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes,” according to the Heard Museum website.IMG_4784 cropped
No one seems to know for sure which tribe created traditional hoop dancing, because many tribes have a history of the practice handed down from generation to generation.IMG_4813 cropped
The dancer in this video had a creative approach.

Couple of photos from the Senior Division competition. (The time limit on each dance was 7 minutes. I don’t think I could make my body do that!)IMG_4788 cropped IMG_4787 cropped