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Living Earth Festival

The Living Earth Festival was held from August 6-8 at the National Museum of the American Indian. It was a celebration of American Indians' efforts to managing and sustaining the environment. The three-day festival included farmers' markets, live demonst

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Several Native dances were demonstrated in front of a large audience, including the Eagle Dance. The Eagle Dance originated from the Kachina tribe, and was meant to honor the eagle's majestic flight.

Several Native dances were demonstrated in front of a large audience, including the Eagle Dance. The Eagle Dance originated from the Kachina tribe, and was meant to honor the eagle's majestic flight. 1Picture by Emma LansworthBill Zotigh, a member of the Kiowa tribe, accompanied several of the dancers with traditional drumming and singing.2Picture by Emma LansworthDennis Zotigh, Bill Zotigh's son, presented each of the dances performed at the festival, and told the stories behind each dance. 3Picture by Emma LansworthThis Kiowa woman performed the Kiowa women's traditional dance, wearing traditional Kiowa clothing. Kiowans are from the southwest, including the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.4Picture by Emma LansworthAutumn Zotigh performs the fancy shawl dance, a more contemporary dance created by women wanting to break from the conformity of traditional dances. Autumn Zotigh is an extremely accomplished dancer who has won numerous competitions, including the National Museum of the American Indian Powwow. 5Picture by Emma LansworthThe Zotigh family performs a traditional Navajo war song. 6Picture by Emma LansworthThe Living Earth Festival was also host to a farmers' market, selling everything from fresh produce to hand-woven baskets.7Picture by Emma LansworthThe fourth floor of the museum hosted a Native Art Market at which these dolls, and several other handmade Native American items, were sold.8Picture by Emma LansworthChili peppers collected from a pepper garden in front of the museum were roasted over an open fire pit using traditional methods. 9Picture by Emma LansworthStevie Salas, a famous Native American musician, emceed the Living Earth Festival concert, which featured Murray Porter, Shakti Hayes, Bill Miller and Dumpstaphunk. 10Picture by Emma LansworthA member of the Plains Cree tribe, singer Shakti Hayes performed at the Living Earth Festival concert.11Picture by Emma LansworthThree time Grammy winner Bill Miller of the Mohican tribe gave an emotional performance as he sang his song "Ghost Dance".12Picture by Emma Lansworth

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  • bette jean norman (View Email) on August 19, 2010 at 10:14 PM
    The photos are just beautiful. Very pictureesque! The Indians wear such colorful clothes. Living in Wisconsin brings a lot of Indian lore to the front. I have also seen the Navajos in NEw Mexico ! Fabulous!
    Emma is my grandaughter so hip, hip, hooray!
  • bette jean norman (View Email) on August 19, 2010 at 10:32 PM
    All of the pictures are fabulous. I am familiar with the Kochina dolls also. Love their jewelry of which I have a few.
    What a great school to have such a wonderful showing.
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