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photoblog image The Deer Dance

The Deer Dance

 

"The deer dance of the Yaqui, (Yoeme) people of Sonora is sacred and rarely photographed. The deer represents good and tells the story of the deer, his brother and the Seyewailo, flower world. It is said to have been held before a deer hunt, thanking the deer for his sacrifice so that the people may live.

 

Deer dancers, pahkolam, "old men of the fiesta" wear rattles around their ankles made from butterfly cocoons, honoring the insect world, and rattles from the hooves of deer around their waist, honoring the many deer who have died.

 

Instruments include the water drum (the deer's heartbeat) an animal skin frame drum, rasp (the deer's breathing), gourd rattles held by the dancers (honoring the plant world), as well as the flute, fiddle, and frame harp, of Spanish influence."

 

This information, as well as a good, informative video was found here:

 

Southern Arizona Guide


 

 

photoblog image Parada Del Sol 2020 8..jpg

The Deer Dance

 

"The deer dance of the Yaqui, (Yoeme) people of Sonora is sacred and rarely photographed. The deer represents good and tells the story of the deer, his brother and the Seyewailo, flower world. It is said to have been held before a deer hunt, thanking the deer for his sacrifice so that the people may live.

 

Deer dancers, pahkolam, "old men of the fiesta" wear rattles around their ankles made from butterfly cocoons, honoring the insect world, and rattles from the hooves of deer around their waist, honoring the many deer who have died.

 

Instruments include the water drum (the deer's heartbeat) an animal skin frame drum, rasp (the deer's breathing), gourd rattles held by the dancers (honoring the plant world), as well as the flute, fiddle, and frame harp, of Spanish influence."

 

This information, as well as a good, informative video was found here:

 

Southern Arizona Guide


 

 

photoblog image Parada Del Sol 2020 8..jpg

comments (17)

  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 28 Feb 2020, 01:22
A great documentary of this tradition! Thanks for the background information.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Steven!
Jolis "bracelets" de chevilles.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They make a wonderful rattle!
a very nice shot to accompany your message of gratitude, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Ayush!
Excellent documentary shots Elizabeth, its great ( as we saw) so many young Native Americans continuing their traditions.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Feb 2020, 04:33
I really like you image, Elizabeth.
Oh my, Elizabeth. We have so much to learn from our Native friends!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Feb 2020, 06:24
If only we had continued to honour the natural world like this.......
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Feb 2020, 06:32
They appear to be very civilised as a culture Elizabeth..
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Feb 2020, 06:57
A whole different world to what we in the 21st century are used to. Killing a deer was life or death to the the tribes.
We have lost that connection to the natural world that feeds and clothes us. It is a sad loss
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 28 Feb 2020, 08:44
The costume looks very authentic.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Feb 2020, 09:04
Great, that they honour the natural world that feed, clothe and shelter them.

What I find funny is the part where:
"It is said to have been held before a deer hunt, thanking the deer for his sacrifice so that the people may live." The word sacrifice implies voluntary action, to my mind. If the deer could choose, I am sure it would just happily bound away smile

Interesting is that the ankle rattles, gourd rattles, skin frame drum, reed flute are also among the traditional African music instruments.
Those are some handsome drums. What work to make the rattles!
You must have done a lot of studying to know so much about the indigenous people of your country Elizabeth, and it comes over in your words and pictures just how proud you are of them.
Interesting documentary Elizabeth! smile
Love the anklets!
i'm glad that you got the chance to take these two photos Elizabeth....petersmile

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