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Dances of the Ancients 2017-05-05T20:26:47+00:00

DANCES OF THE ANCIENTS ON MAY 27TH

The regular 9:30am, 11:00am and 1:00 pm 2-Hour Walking tours will NOT be offered during the Dances of the Ancients. Please view the Early Tour Dances of the Ancients Package if you would like an early tour of the Pueblo Trail ONLY at 8:30am or 11:30am.

At this special event, two Puebloan dance groups will gather at Chimney Rock to dance in the Great Kiva, home to their ancestors. The Acoma Rain Dancers from Acoma Pueblo and the Oak Canyon dancers from Jemez Pueblo are both all-children dance groups and will be performing at 10am and 1pm, one day only. This culturally significant event will be both powerful and captivating. There can be no better way to connect with Chimney Rock than through the descendants of the Ancient Puebloan people performing celebratory dances in traditional dress.

Guests should plan to stand for the performance, or bring their own camp chairs or blankets. Each performance will include both dance groups.  Guests should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to performance check-in.

Thank you to the Pagosa Springs Sun for being a sponsor of this event!

EARLY TOUR DANCES OF THE ANCIENTS PACKAGE

This combination package begins at the upper parking lot with a one-hour guided tour of the Pueblo Trail at 8:30am and 11:30.  You’ll see several unexcavated sites along the way to the Great House Pueblo, with awe-inspiring views of the San Juan Mountains and the two pinnacles. This moderately-challenging unimproved trail has a 200-foot elevation gain and exposure to heights and steep drop-offs. Parents are asked to closely supervise their children for the safety of all attendees.  Following the tour, guests can attend the Dances of the Ancients which will take place at 10am and 1pm.  Tickets are $20 plus a booking fee ($7.50 for children 5-12) and are non-refundable.  Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You can book our monthly programs online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

The Acoma Learning Center established the Acoma Rain Dancers Dance Group in January 2013 after a request was made by youth patrons for an after school activity. The staff decided to organize a youth group aimed at increasing involvement in traditional activities and spirituality. Through this group, the children have learned to pray and now understand the meaning of prayer in dance. The children find great joy by bringing smiles to the audience and are always surprised to be praised by random people.  The Acoma Rain Dancers is a unique group because it solely involves young children, ages 3 to 13, and their parents.  The fathers of the children sing and the mothers play a key role in getting the children dressed and ready.  The children come up with the choreography and choose the songs they want to dance to. The group will be performing a traditional rainbow dance which is a pueblo social dance.  It is said that the children hold the most power, so their dancing and singing are heard by the spirits to bring moisture to the land and good health and fortune to all the people around the world, not only native people.

The Oak Canyon Dance group was started by Julian Fragua and his brother Odell Fragua. The brothers were inspired by their experiences with their grandfather and his cousin, dancing at various places when they were young.  The Oak Canyon Dancers are a family dance group that consists mostly of Julian and Odell’s children and immediate family. The name, Oak Canyon, is their clan name in the pueblo, which is passed down from the mother’s side.  All of the dances are performed by the children, ages 9 to 14, and are accompanied by live native singing and a pueblo drum.  Some of the dances that the Oak Canyon Dancers perform are the eagle dance, the shield dance, the buffalo dance, the butterfly dance and the plains native traditional dance. The eagle dance honors the eagle for being a huge part of their culture. This dance symbolizes the blessings of their people giving them strength, courage and spiritual healing.  The shield dance symbolizes the warrior and the brave men in their tribe who protected their people. The shield dance honors these strong, courageous men and also the brave men and women who serve our country and protect our nation. The buffalo dance symbolizes their honor of the great Bison which gave them large amounts of meat for nourishment, hide for clothing, shelter, blankets, drums, and bones for tools that were needed for daily living.  The butterfly dance symbolizes the growing and entering into summer, and the plains native traditional dance, which comes from the plains native culture, is a dance for completion and is an inter-tribal dance at pow-wows.