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Learn the Art and Meaning of Native American Hoop Dance

Published on Jun 17, 2022

Native American hoop dancer Eric Hernandez will be teaching hoop dancing on Saturday, June 18, at the front lawn of the Altadena Main Library, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Hernandez, who traces his roots to the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, is coming to the Altadena Library on behalf of his uncle, Terry Goedel, also a Native American hoop dancer, a Yakama/Tulalip Indian originally from Washington State who has been sharing Native American hoop dance with audiences around the world for the past 50 years.

Eric Hernandez himself has been hoop dancing for 20 years and has performed in over 15 countries with the touring Cirque du Soleil production, “Totem.”

Premiering in Montréal on April 22, 2010, “Totem” was written and directed by previous collaborator Robert Lepage. The producers described the theme of “Totem” as the evolution of humanity from its primordial, amphibian state toward the aspiration of flight, taking inspiration from many of humanity’s founding myths.

The show was awarded the 2013 New York Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

Saturday’s event is free to attend.

For more information, call (626) 798-0833 or visit

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