What: Summer Solstice Celebration
Where: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA
When: Summer Solstice
About: Attend this year’s summer solstice event organized by the Friends of Chaco Canyon, who will be sponsoring the Kitzit Dancers from Laguna Pueblo to perform a very special summer celebration at the footsteps of Chaco Canyon; an ancient site aligned to the summer solstice sunrise. “Kitzit” is a Keresan word, spoken by the Pueblo peoples, meaning “to dance.”
Here are a few words from last year’s Friends of Chaco Canyon summer solstice event:
This summer solstice the friends of Chaco Canyon will be sponsoring the Kitzit dancers from Laguna Pueblo. The “Kitzit” – Laguna Youth Dance Group consists of 9-12 dancers and singers. They range from 9-22 years of age and have been dancing together since 1998. The group has traveled extensively, sharing their dances, songs and stories of their culture & families. There is more information about the Kitzit Dancers on the Native Pathways website.
To see some beautiful images of previous years’ Kitzit Laguna Youth Dance visit The Friend’s of Chaco Canyon website.
This event will showcase the customs, culture, and tradition of these peoples through the inspiration of age-old costume and dance.
One particular ceremonial feature is the Eagle Dance in which youth from the Kitzit Laguna Youth Dance Group will perform a prayer-ceremony in the form of dance.
What the “Kitzit” – Laguna Youth Dance Group says about their dances:
“These social dances of the Laguna Pueblo are shared as a means of prayer and personification of the animals the Pueblo people hold sacred. While these particular dances are shared with the general public, importantly they are at the heart of the Pueblo’s core values, and are offered as a form of prayer to the creator and to the animals they represent.” – Native Pathways Website
Interestingly, the Eagle Dance, honors and personifies the bird as it takes a person’s/the dancers’ prayers up to the creator – as depicted by the eagle that circles high into the sky.
Although we weren’t able to find or use any current media from the Kitzit group, below is a video of a local group called The Dancers of The Pueblo of Laguna performing very gracefully and beautifully “The Eagle Dance” in 2011.
The video below offers another interesting look at the history of the Hopi and Pueblo peoples performing the Eagle Dance:
Directions: The nearest airports are Farmington, NM, Gallup, NM, Durango,CO, and Albuquerque, NM. Visit this site for further directions to the event.
Article by Christos Grapsas & Olga Grapsas
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.