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From the Artistic/Executive Director: SANCTUARY

From the Artistic/Executive Director: SANCTUARY

Written by Linda C. Smith Artistic/Executive Director We live in a country like no other. As Americans, the landscape we call home has always been part of our continuing story. Since the early 1990’s, RDT has been commissioning works that celebrate and examine our human connection to land and water, critical issues here in America’s Mountain and Southwest regions. SANCTUARY focuses on landscapes that are mysterious and powerful. It is a concert designed to raise consciousness about how we relate…

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“WE COME OUT DANCING TOGETHER” Red Rock Stories Gives Language to the Spirit of RDT’s New Commission

“WE COME OUT DANCING TOGETHER” Red Rock Stories Gives Language to the Spirit of RDT’s New Commission

by Stephen Trimble The leaders of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition use the word “healing” whenever they define their relationship with the redrock of Utah’s public lands. Eric Descheenie says, “By protecting these sacred ancestral lands we can take an important step towards healing.” Descheenie, a Navajo, emphasizes this “indigenous truth” as the foundation for all discussions about why the newly-proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument needs our attention. For Navajo leader Willie Grayeyes, “protecting Bears Ears is not just about…

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“We Are Changed”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part III)

“We Are Changed”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part III)

In Part II, Linda C. Smith, RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, reported on the group’s visit to Fry Canyon Ruin, the precipitious switchbacks of Moki Dugway and a kiva at the Cave Tower Ruin before the dancers spent time doing improvisation, culminating in a shamanic healing ritual by one of the Native American guides, Ida Yellowman (Dine).  Here in the final installment, Part III, the group continues to the Moon House Ruin, The Procession Panel hike and a community gathering in Bluff, Utah,…

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America’s National Dance

America’s National Dance

Many countries have a national dance. The Polish have the polka, the Catalans have the Sardana, the Greeks have the Kalamatianos dance. Jordan and much of the Arab world refer to their ritual line dance as the dabke, while the Chinese are perhaps best known for the dragon and lion dances which stem from the Han Dynasty. But what is the national dance of America, and what makes it distinctly American? There is a “new world” dance and that dance was created…

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