By Lee Egerstrom
This past summer was filled with opportunities for Native American and other young people to develop storytelling skills while focusing on various health, fitness, wellness and cultural lessons with help from a variety of partnering organizations.
Hoop dancing is more than just an activity. It is a way of life.
Micco Sampson, a professional hoop dancer, smiled at his 4-year-old son at the University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center while he played with his own set of hoops, specifically made for him.
“The proportion ratios are actually very specific to the human body, to the individual doing it,” said Sampson. “If you......
Micco Sampson passes on the American Indian tradition of hoop dancing to his son and his community. By Emil Liden Minnetonka High School
As believers in the importance of the practice, Micco Sampson and son Nokose Sampson, 4, demonstrated a traditional American Indian hoop dance.
Micco Sampson never doubted his son would learn the art of hoop dancing. A renowned hoop dancer in the Twin Cities, Sampson has started to pass on the tradition......
In partnership with Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, ThreeSixty conducted a one-week TV Broadcast Camp during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 summers. The theme is health equity, and the goal is to inspire more active participation in creating more equitable, healthier communities.
By performing Native hoop dance to hip-hop, two Minneapolis brothers are revitalizing an age-old tradition.
A circle, or hoop, has infinite sides and infinite angles.
“Google it,” Lumhe Sampson encouraged the crowd at a music festival in St. Paul’s Mears Park. From the stage, Sampson held up a white plastic ring, about 2 feet across, and explained how, in indigenous culture, the hoop represents the circle of life, encompassing all the people on Earth. It holds the birds, the bees, the trees, the creepies and crawlies, the stars and the moon — everything in the galaxy — he continued. It represents the way the world is infinite and interconnected.
Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson are Native American hoop dancers who perform as the Sampson Brothers.
By Nicole Neri
Gallery: Sam Sampson (left) and Micco Sampson (right) perform a hoop dance.
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