30th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest – Pow Wow Calendar

30th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

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February 8, 2020 - February 9, 2020

Phoenix, AZ

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February 8, 2020 - February 9, 2020

Heard Museum: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

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30th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
Artistry, sheer athleticism, cultural traditions
Kick off First Friday Evening February 7, 6 to 10 p.m.
Contest- Saturday February 8 and Sunday February 9, 2020

On Saturday and Sunday, top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At the two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

The art of hoop dance honors the cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity, and speed. Contestants compete in one of five divisions: Tiny Tots (age 5 and younger), Youth (6-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18-39) and Senior (40 and older). See the contest rules below for further detail.

NOTE: This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Lawn seating only. We recommend bringing folding chairs or blankets. Outside food and beverages (excluding water bottles) may not be brought into this event.

About Hoop Dancing
Hoop dancing is a long-standing tradition in many Native cultures. This unique dance can involve the use of more than 50 hoops. Passed down from one generation to the next, hoop dancing communicates individual and tribal stories using hoops to create symbols and depict animals of great meaning in Native communities. The continuous circle of the hoops symbolizes the circle of life and the continual changing of the seasons.

Traditional hoops were made from the wood of a willow tree. Modern-day hoops are often made from reed and plastic hose because of the durability of the material when traveling. The hoops are decorated with tape and paint to symbolize the changing colors of each season. The traditional wooden hoops are still used on rare occasions.

2020 Judges
Eddie Swimmer (Eastern Band Cherokee and Chippewa-Cree)
Eddie is the First Official World Champion Hoop Dancer, winning the title in 1991 at the New Mexico State Fair. Before his title win, Swimmer trained with modern hoop dance founder Tony White Cloud. Swimmer has continued to contribute to the art of Hoop Dance through the programmatic support of the World Champion Hoop Dance Contest at the Heard Museum. Eddie has taught and performed the art of hoop throughout the world and we are honored to welcome him back to the arena as a judge!

Ann Abeyta (Eastern Shoshone and Isleta Pueblo)
Ann Abeyta is from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. She is the curriculum coordinator for Fort Washakie Schools in Fort Washakie, WY, and leader of the Native Strut Hoop Dancers. Ann has been hoop dancing for 30 years and was selected as one of the five hoop dancers along with Lisa Odjig, Jackie Bird, Eddie Swimmer, and Dallin Maybee to represent the five Olympic rings for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Preston Eugene Tone-Pah-Hote Jr. (Kiowa)
Preston Eugene Tone-Pah-Hote Jr. is an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He currently resides in Uncasville, Ct with his wife Melanie, Oneida from Six Nations Ontario Canada, his three children Donann, Tarlynn, and Preston III as well as two grandchildren Ava and Bianca.
Preston stays active in the Native American Community by singing, dancing and serving as color guard at many pow-wows and cultural events throughout the United States and Canada, He has served as arena director, head judge and the pow-wow Chairman for several pow-wows to include the 2013 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. As an accomplished dancer, he is familiar with all styles of pow-wow dancing and receives the honor of judging specific contest categories at many pow-wows.

Thomas Phillips (Kiowa/Muskogee Creek)
Thomas has been involved in the Pow Wow Dance arena all of his life and more recently in California for the past 45 years. Thomas was raised in the Kiowa Tribal culture and traditions of the Southern Plains region. Over the years he has traveled to many tribal communities learning and exchanging the songs, dance and culture of many tribes. In this effort, he has become knowledgeable of the customs, traditions, and dances of the Northern and Southern tribes and has served as Master of Ceremonies for many major Pow Wows throughout the nation. Thomas is also a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan and participates in Pow Wow dances as well. He has served as Head Man Dancer, Head Gourd Dancer, Arena Director and Judge at many POW Wow’s as well. Tom recently retired from the California State University, Stanislaus as a member of the Masters of Social Work Faculty.

Charlene Bomberry
Charlene Bomberry is a member of the Onondaga Nation, Deer Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada.
Charlene is a champion women’s traditional pow wow dancer, and has also been honoured by other pow wow committees to serve in head dancer and head judge positions at various pow wows throughout Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York and Utah. She is involved as one of the founding members and as a volunteer of the Grand River “Champion of Champions” Pow Wow Committee since its inception in 1979. She has been the Chair of the Committee since approximately 2005.
Charlene sings and performs with the Six Nations Women Singers, who are included on Robbie Robertson’s Grammy nominated album, “Contact from the Underworld of Redboy”. Other notable performances include The Smithsonian Institution’s 150th birthday celebrations as well as the Opening Ceremonies of the National Museum of the American Indian.

More details on the event can be found at https://heard.org/event/hoop/


Heard Museum: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ


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Submitted by PowWow Calendar on: December 31, 2019

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