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Native American Hoop Dance and Hip-Hop

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BONUS from If Cities Could Dance: Watch as Indigenous movement artists from Minneapolis to Albuquerque represent their culture and honor their ancestors—past and future—through dance.


Lumhe “Micco” Sampson and his older brother Samsoche (Seneca and Muscogee Creek), who perform together as the Sampson Brothers ( are well known on powwow grounds and beyond for their impressive hoop dance routines.

“Performing in my regalia I definitely feel like a superhero or like wearing a super suit … it just has its own energy,” says Micco. “We're Native American, yeah, but we’re also alive in this 21st century.”

See the brothers move in sync to the beat of Native hip-hop at the starting place of the American Indian Movement.


Albuquerque’s thriving hip-hop and freestyle dance scene is influenced by Indigenous dancers from many tribes, Pueblos and other communities. A strong sense of solidarity holds it all together, say dancers Anne Pesata (Jicarilla Apache) and Raven Bright (Diné).

“When I dance, I’m joining all of the influences and the culture that I have within myself,” says Anne. “I feel connected to something bigger than me.”

Together, the couple describes the scene and the dance they carry forward as “Indigenous futurism.”

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