Image of Dancing Earth at Desert Botanical Gardens of  Oka-Po’ge ( aka Santa Fe) , by Daniel Quat Photography , with  Lupita Salazar, sandra Lamouche, Andrea Rose Bear King, Norma Araiza, Lumhe Micco Sampson and Justin Giehm !



























* July 30 – Aug 10 Dancing Earth on tour to Tkaronto ( more recently called  Toronto)  with ” RE-GENERATION : Roots and Seeds”, designed for the gardens and galleries of McMichaels Gallery, then re-staged at the Flechs Theater for Planet IndigenUs


* Aug 1-2 Natalie Benally and Justin Giehm offer workshops and performances for Survival of the First Voices Festival at Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirkland NM ..

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” Our effort aims to inspire the youth and encourage them to achieve a higher education. Many Native Americans are not close to the resources necessary to succeed and bringing the resources to them overcomes that barrier. What makes our festival different is the social justice and activism perspective that former American Indian Movement members will bring and share with the public.The entire festival consists of speakers, workshops on how to use media, round-table discussions, trade shows, art fairs, performances (musical and dance), screenings, a fashion show, comedy shows, poet slams, book signings, traditional storytelling, and a reception with an overall theme of social justice, reclaiming our history, preserving our culture, and increasing our Native presence in mainstream culture.”

Natalie says : ” I was privilaged to be the performing arts coordinator for the 2014 SFVF where I helped instruct acting classes and a hip-hop dance class with my fellow Dancing Earth member Justin Giehm. Together, we taught a class to young Native children and also provided a short dance showcase where we shared our love of dance in our unique styles.What I took away from the festival as many others did was a whole vastness of talent and inspiratiion amongst Native peoples. It was amazing to see so many different areas representing and struck young people in a fun and exciting way.”


* Aug 9-25 Dancing Earth’s fifth Summer Institute gathered a small focused group of alumna for intensive incubation. Welcomed by elders of Tewa Womens United at Tsankawi, Norma Araiza ( Yoeme of Mexico/Canada ) led the land dance and indigenous contemporary dance trainings alongside Lupita Salazar who facilitated making huaraches and planting knowledge from her home farm in Canones


Master Classes in capoeira, urban indigenous, powwow and stilting were led by Deollo Johnson, Trey Pickett, Shane Montoya, Lumhe Micco Sampson and Robbie Pino, at host sites Ghost Ranch and the Academy for the Love of Learning. ( Thank you Stephen, Bryce, Marissa, and Thomas for all your support !)


We also made a stop to offer a dance workshop to Okay Owingeh Elementary School – Thank you Mrs Salazar for this invitation !!

* Aug 10 Rulan joined extraordinary regional Southwest leaders at the Academy for the Love of Learning new initiative of Living Stories – a collective inquiry to identify what would make a successful statewide training in creative facilitation and social change practices. This design process is of great importance to develop a vehicle for ongoing learning around arts and community engagement practices.

* Aug 11 -22 Dancing Earth’s Jacoh Cortes leading the Cuicacalli Compania at San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival at Brava Theater, San Francisco


* Aug 12 Rulan and Anne Pesata join elders of the Grand Canyon Trust for summer convening at Southern Ute Cultural center, offering workshop for youth, lecture, and performance of Anne’s BASKETWEAVER solo

* Aug 13 Rulan joins Durango community members in a ceremony for the Animas river, including performative actions to express morning, and renewal.


* Aug 22-24 Dancing Earth visiting artists are featured at Fashion shows at Indigenous Fine Arts Market in Railyard Park , JG Indie , and B.Yellowtail for SWAIA at Cathedral Park

( first 4 images below from Jan harrison for JG INDIE )

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Below images from IFAM Fashion Show


* Aug 26-27, Rulan and Roxanne Swentzel of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute fly to Chicago as cohorts of Catalyst Initiative, which will support them to work together over the next 6 months to co-design restorative movement practices rooted in permacultural knowledge
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Thank you to support for our Summer Institute from

Elder Kathy Sanches and beloved grandmothers and aunties of TEWA WOMENS UNITED ;

Mr and Mrs Salazar and their farm in Canones;

Okay Owingeh elementary school students, teachers, principal and staff;

Teresa and Cindy at Leger Law and Strategy,

Bob White, David Haiman,

Stephen, Bryce, Sarah, staff , cooks and the brilliant gathering of women writers including Maxine Hong Kingston and Aimee Suzara at GHOST RANCH RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER ;Ghost Ranch logo smaller

Marissa, Thomas and all at the ACADEMY FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING ;




And for support of our Canada tour,

Janis Monture, Falen Johnson and the amazing staff and artists of Planet IndigenUs

Jerry Longboat multi artist extraordinaire

mentor and lighting designer Alejandro Ronceria

Ongoing support of Marrie Mumford and the Little Nest family

Beth Lacombe-Wolpert , Susanna Carlisle and Briuce Hamilton

Coman Poon, Heryka Miranda , Rebecca and Susan Beayn, Norma Araiza,

Filmmaker Cara Mumford

Chris Derksen and Sak Tzevul , each for their generous gifts of CDs

Evelyn Lefebre, prof Catherine Harris and UNM’s College of Fine Arts – Art and ECOLOGY class for their donation of yarrow seed papers made of recycled homework, as incorporated into isntallations and activities at McMichaels Gallery and Planet IndigenUs

Santee Smith Kaha:wi Dance for inviting us to lead a guest class

the joy and honor of sharing the stage with friends and colleagues Penny, Sid, Tamara, Aria, Nimkii, Sarain, Santee, Monique, Chris, and many more at this incredible festival of Indigenous luminaries !

Kalina Janik, Arun Srinivasan and the amazing tech crew at Flechs Theatre

NISH DISH caterer Johl Ringuette – so grateful for the delicious aboriginal food

the remarkable Anna, Rachel, all staff and security guards, and the amazing artists represented at
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