New Holgate Library: Two Generations of Hoop Dance

Sat Jul 13
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Two talented Indigenous hoop dancers will share their culture and skills through the art of hoop dance, followed by a Q & A session. Hoop dancing originated as a healing ceremony and continues to be practiced and shared as a form of Indigenous tradition, artistic expression and cultural sharing opportunity. Hoops are utilized to make formations that honor various animals and nature, as well as new and creative designs. Family friendly event and safe cultural space.   
Eric Hernandez has performed around the world in Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM and in many other venues. Eric says, "As a Native hoop dancer, I am passionate about sharing my culture and art form with the world. I am a member of the Lumbee tribe and have been performing and teaching hoop dancing for several years. Hoop dancing is not just a performance, but a way to connect with the natural world and honor the traditions of my ancestors. Through my performances, I hope to inspire and educate others about the rich cultural heritage of Native Americans."
Cooper Nez, age 10, represents the next generation of Indigenous hoop dancers. Cooper is Irish and Diné (Kinłichii’nii, born for the Redhouse clan). He resides in Mesa, AZ and is from Kayenta, AZ, near the foothills of Black Mesa. Cooper has been hoop dancing for almost two years and enjoys being able to share his culture through the storytelling of hoop dance. Cooper is excited to dance alongside one of his hoop dance heroes, Eric Hernandez.  

young hoop dancer at night in front of a fire

All abilities are welcome. For disability accommodations, call 503.988.5123 or email 2-3 days before a program.