The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is hosting the 15th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. The event takes place February 5-6, 2005.
The Heard Museum is a museum about all things Native American, with emphasis on the Southwest. The hoop dance is one of the more difficult ones of the traditional Native American dances.
From Native Spirit:
The hoops symbolize a sacred part of the Native American life. It represents the circle of life with no beginning and no ending. Watch as the dancer begins with one hoop and keeps adding and weaving the hoops into formations that represent our journey through life. Each added hoop represents another thread in the web of life.
Native hoop dance is quite different from hula hooping, but it’s hoop dance nonetheless, and hoopers can definitely draw inspiration from it. Watch a video from the 2000 hoop dance competition.