The local Pomo Youth Dancers group performed at the Farmers Market on October 11. The group was founded by Joe Salinas, a staffer at the Sonoma County Indian Health Project. I hadn’t heard of them until this Sunday, but I’m impressed! I like how many young children are learning about their heritage and practicing the discipline of dance.
The costumes are beautiful.
The women danced second. I loved their costumes and the arabesques of color their skirts made when they spun. It was a warm day and I felt bad for them, but they were pros, and if they were feeling the heat, it didn’t show.
The first boys’ dance looked very much like a flock of foraging birds. I would assume wild turkeys, although turkeys weren’t native to this area.
The second dance was the Deer Dance. The double feathered prongs in the headdresses represent antlers.
The musicians let us know that the appropriate audience response is to shout, “Oh!” and to draw it out, like, “Aaaoooh!” at the end of a dance.