28 years of Dancing and Praying at the Totah Festival and Indian Market

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Dancers from Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and Puebloan traditions came together Saturday to celebrate their diversity and individuality at the 28th annual Totah Festival and Indian Market in Farmington, New Mexico.  Chance Sherman, a member of the Navajo Nation, danced the Northern Traditional Dance his grandfather taught him many years ago.  Sherman says it is important to him to teach his sons traditional Navajo dances as it “shows them how to respect [their elders] and know their background.”

 Arrived at 12:40 p.m., Picture taken at 1:10 p.m., Interview at 1:50 p.m., Posted in WP at 4:10 p.m., Tweeted at 4:18 p.m.




  1. Emma, I absolutely love this picture. The colors are so vibrant! I also really appreciate that you have people in the foreground and background. There’s a part of me that longs to catch a glimpse of a face, but overall I just think the picture is spectacular.


  2. Nice overall of the event. I agree with Lorien’s comment that the viewer really wants to see a face or two, and some expressions in the image. The high angle nicely isolates the action, and the lawn shows off the colorful clothes, but I think you need to get closer to your subjects and try to capture a moment – some split second where the posture of a dancer or a face is dominant in the image and tells a story. See D2L for your grade.


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