Derrick Suwaima Davis Hoop Dance World Champion

derrick suwaima davis Derrick Suwaima Davis (pictured) captured the title of World Champion at the 20th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest this month in Phoenix, Arizona. Davis, who is Hopi & Choctaw, lives in Old Oraibi, Arizona, and scored 240 points. Approximately 70 hoop dancers from across North America showcased their skill and talent in the competition this year. The tradition of dancing with a hoop has an extensive history among Native people. The hoop or circle is symbolic to all Native people. It represents the Circle of Life and the continuous cycle of summer and winter, day and night, male and female. Full listings from the competition can be viewed here. Watch the video of Davis’ award winning hoop dance below:

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