In May my family & I traveled to Colorado and visited Mesa Verde National Park. Between 600 and 1300 A.D. many Native Americans lived on the Mesa (table), and they built into the cliffs and canyons. They were known as Cliff Dwellers. It was fascinating to explore where these people once lived, worked, and played.
The weekend we were visiting was an arts/culture festival, so there were special events presented by various Indian Tribes. We watched Puebloan dancers, complete with drums and singing. The dancers wear big ankle bells, and use shakers as they dance, just like we discuss at Kindermusik! The men also wear animal type coverings. Here is a short video from that windy day of dancing.
|At the end of the demonstration, |
Alyssa and I joined the dancers
for the Friendship Dance
and then a photo op!
|Bobby Bales of the Taos Pueblo tribe made these drums |
from cottonwood trees, and elk hide.
I bought a small drum for the Kindermusik classroom!