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Posted 23 June 2011 by Shiela Rocha


“To” is the Dine’, or Navajo word for water.

The dance sequence in the video with the fervent and purely indigenous music is performed by a member of the Itelmen Nation by Tatiana Degai. The tribe is an indigenous nation on the eastern coast of Russia. Water is in such great abundance there that it is honored by way of acknowledgement of the many living beings, four legged, water and winged beings that reside there.

“To” from Shelia Rocha on Vimeo.

The dance she performs is a dance done by the maidens along the shore of the the water.  It is an old one that is done in the presence of the single young men of her people.  Tatiana’s dance is placed in juxtaposition with the environment of the desert and the words of the Dine’ actors/dancers who come from the arid climate of Arizona where water is prized since it is often times scarce.

Water as celebration, as sustenance, as a dying relative in this 21st century is honored as an ancient being comprised of pure spirit in this performance piece that engages the voice, movement and music of Native people who currently reside in Tucson, Arizona.

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2 Opinions have been expressed on ““TO””

  1. John Newman commented:

    I couldn’t be more impressed with the results of your fine work. It is special in a way that speaks straight from the heart.

    Thank you

  2. J Fabela commented:

    I am not familiar with this website, however it is very encouraging to see our Indigenous artists perform in the context of their spiritual sensibilities and culture. Cool movement…it’s definitely got the Pan Indian feel that unifies all nations. Thanks.

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