We talked with the two leaders of the group, Bertram Tsavadawa and Ruben Saufkie. They are from Second Mesa, one of a number Hopi Villages in eastern Arizona.
Ruben told us about the importance and symbolism of the dances and their impression of Chaco Canyon, a place that they (and other Puebloan people) consider an ancestral homeland.
It was great to spend an afternoon watching the group dance. Here’s a few photographs, we hope to post more tomorrow.
A young eagle dancer.
An even younger eagle dancer.