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World Champion Hoop Dancer to Teach Hoop Dance 101 at Indian Market and Festival

by Francesca Ducanes, Eiteljorg public programs intern | Jun 19, 2014


The 22nd Annual Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival is proud to once again headline world-champion hoop dancer and performing artist Tony Duncan (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan). Duncan will be performing at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,  and presenting teaching Hoop Dance 101 at 2:30 p.m. both days. His workshop—a way to give people, especially children, an introduction to the significance of the hoop—is always a highlight of Indian Market, and this year is no exception.

Named Artist of the Year in the 14th annual Native American Music Awards, Duncan has had multiple worldwide performances in both dance and music.  As a flute player, he is currently signed to the largest Native American music label, Canyon Records, and has toured with other acclaimed Native American artists, including Grammy-award winning singer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida), who will also perform at this year's Indian Market.


With his recording group Estun-Bah, Duncan captures the true essence of Native America with the accompaniment of guitarist Darren Yazzie (Navajo) and drummer Jeremy Dancing Bull (Hidatsa/Arikara). Together, they blend traditional and contemporary styles to create their unique approach to Native American music.

May it be through music or dance, there is one thing that drives Duncan: to share the beauty of his Native people with the world.

Click here to see Tony Duncan’s 1st Place Entry at the 2011 Hoop Dance Championship.

Entertainment schedule for Saturday and Sunday:
10 a.m.           Welcome and Prayer
10:15 a.m.      Teresa Webb, Storytelling
11 a.m.           Joanne Shenandoah, music
 Noon              Scatter Their Own, alter-Native music
1 p.m.             Tony Duncan and Estun-Bah, hoop dancing
2 p.m.             Joanne Shenandoah and Douglas George Kanentiio, storytelling
3 p.m.             Scatter Their Own, alter-Native music

Cultural demonstration schedule for Saturday and Sunday:
11:30 a.m.     SouthEastern WaterSpider Drum
12:30 p.m.     Teresa Webb, storytelling
1:30 p.m.       Summer Peters (OJibwe), 2013 Best of Show winner, beadwork
2:30 p.m.       Hoop Dance 101 with Tony Duncan

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