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The Dineh Tah' Navajo Dance Troupe

The Dineh Tah' Navajo dance troupe from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been performing for audiences since 1993. The purpose of the group is to promote a deeper understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the Navajo (Dineh) People, through their performances of traditional Navajo dances and songs. The group has modified their style of performing to respect the actual songs and dances used in sacred religious ceremonies.

Among the many dances performed are:

The Social Song and Dance

This dance is part of the Three-day Enemy way ceremony, which is held during the spring and summer solstice. Socially this dance is a contest, which is performed at various events and social functions held throughout the Navajo 'Nation.

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The Navajo Gourd Dance

The Gourd dance is a blessing dance, which deals with the many aspects of healing, the cycle of moisture, the seasons, and the balance of maintaining harmony.

The Navajo Ribbon Dance

This dance has been modified to respect the actual religious songs and dances that are part of the Great Mountain Way Ceremony, which is held in the fall and winter solstice. The purpose of this dance is to help as an ailment to cure any individual who is ill, or who may need spiritual healing. This dance is by far the most dynamic at public displays. The colors of the ribbons used in this dance are; white, turquoise, yellow, black and red, which represent the seasons, stages of life, and the six directions. To see a short video clip of this ceremony, click here.

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