Celebrating 50 years of Hozhoni Days

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In addition to the traditional dances, select special dances took place including the women’s jingle dress, men’s fancy dance, and boy’s tiny tot special.
A colorful fancy dancer gives a lively spectacle as he makes his way through the auditorium during the men’s fancy dance. Jingle dress, fancy shawl, and traditional dance styles were among those performed.
Families of all ages joined in the gymnasium for an evening of traditional song and dance.
The pounding of drums spread throughout the gymnasium accompanied by the echoing vocals in full pitch.
A young dancer graces the floor with his selection of colors and apparel.
Andrew and Lisa Frost dance together as part of the Hozhoni Days Grand Entry ceremony, featuring more than a hundred dancers.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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Known as one of the longest running events at Ft. Lewis College, Hozhoni Days celebrated its 50th birthday on Friday, April 18 inside the Whalen Gymnasium with more than 120 Native American and Alaskan Native tribes represented in the college’s student body. Select special dances took place including the women’s jingle dress and men’s fancy dance.

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