Hoop Dancer at Molalla Buckaroo - 1936


Hoop Dancer at Molalla Buckaroo - Rothstein

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The Molalla Buckaroo has been a continuing tradition for a century, beginning in 1913 when the railroad came to town. In 1936 photographer Arthur Rothstein documented it with at series of photos. Here we see a performance of the Hoop Dance by a young man, probably from the Warm Springs reservation. The hoop dance is story-telling dance, and shapes are formed such as the butterfly, the eagle, the snake, and the coyote, with the hoop symbolizing the never-ending circle of life.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0905
Photographer Arthur Rothstein
Location Molalla, Clackamas County
Subject Fairs and Expositions, Native Americans
Decade 1930s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Original Negative
Size of Original 1.8 x 2.3 inches
Photographer's Number No