Summer Solstice at Chaco Canyon

Yesterday a few of us headed up to Chaco Culture National Historical Park to celebrate the summer solstice and to see and film dancers from Zuni Pueblo. Since 2001, the park and the Friends of Native Cultures have been organizing the appearance of native dancers each solstice. Chaco is considered an ancestral homeland for the Pueblo people, so the events surrounding solstice at the park are quite powerful.

Last year, we took pictures and met dancers from Hopi. Three years ago, we photographed the Tewa Dancers From the North for the Traditions of the Sun project with NPS and NASA. This year the Fernando Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers performed in the plaza of the great house of Pueblo Bonito. We saw three dances, the Turkey Dance, the Pottery Dance, and the Buffalo Dance–which the photographs below show.

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We have many photographs of all three dances we’re still sorting through them. Myself or Emily will post more over the next few days.

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