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Staked Plains Roundup Features Nakotah LaRance

Staked Plains Roundup Features Nakotah LaRance photo 9/9/2015 2:31:37 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

 

Nakotah LaRance, the World Hoop Dance Champion from OkKay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico, will give two performances during the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame’s annual “Staked Plains Roundup” to be held Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11.  The event will be held at the Rodeo and Equine Facility on the west side of New Mexico Junior College. 

LaRance’s performance will precede that of perennial Staked Plains Roundup favorite, world famous Trick Roper Brice Chapman.  “We are thrilled to be able to present two world class performers at this year’s Staked Plains Roundup” said Darrell Beauchamp, Executive Director of the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.  “Brice is always a crowd pleaser and everyone knows the outstanding quality of his work. Having World Champion Hoop Dancer Nakota LaRance join us makes this a very special Roundup.”

In a classic case of the student besting the mentor, 25-year-old LaRance (Hopi/Tewa/ Assiniboine) took top honors in theHeard Museum's 25th Annual World Hoop Dance Championships this year. LaRance, who placed fourth in the 2014 competition, beat his mentor, 7-time world titlist Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), by a mere 6 points.  “He taught me my whole routine when I was a kid, but those teaching days are far behind,” said LaRance, who now teaches his own group of young hoop dancers ranging in age from 5-to-17.

LaRance, a master of his own 5 hoop routine, performs well in the spotlight but prefers to stay out of the limelight says his father, Steve LaRance.  “He’s media shy and doesn’t like to do interviews. Nakotah prefers to stay humble, enjoying his acting and dancing, and likes to let his performances speak for him.”

LaRance has acted in movies (three films in three years including Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), danced in a music video ("Geronimo," by The Knocks and Fred Falke), and put in a two-year stint as a featured artist with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, where he played the part of “an Amerindian dancer who traced the evolution of species with his rings.”

“As a kid, I was just amazed by the whole idea of this kind of performance,” he said.  “What got me going as a dancer was the challenge of the hand-eye coordination and the fact that you could use your imagination to take the dance as far as you could.” LaRance's tradition of winning stretches back over 20 years, to when he was a world champion in the Tiny Tot division.

LaRance will perform his routine at 12:30 each day during the Staked Plains Roundup, sponsored by the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.  Now in its 28th year, the Staked Plains Roundup invites second grade students from Lea County and the surrounding area to participate in a day of traditional crafts and skills of the pioneer days of Lea County.  This year students will participate and learn about such traditional skills as roping, branding and blacksmithing.  The students will also learn about farm and ranch animals and the dairy farm industry.

“We treat the kids to a miniature version of a college classroom,” said Mary Lyle, Educator for the Museum, “They will rotate around to different stations throughout the morning, eat lunch and then enjoy the performances of Nakotah LaRance and Brice Chapman.”

“The public is invited to join the students for the performances by Chapman and LaRance” said Beauchamp, noting that those wishing to see the performances are welcome to arrive between 12:00 and 12:30.  Because of the class schedule, only the students, teachers and their parents will be allowed in the arena before 12 noon.  LaRance will perform at 12:30, with Chapman following at 1:00 p.m. 

Following the Staked Plains Roundup on Thursday, a special “trunk show” will be hosted at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. featuring the jewelry of Nakotah LaRance’s father, Steve LaRance.  Nakotah LaRance will also do a brief presentation at the Museum prior to the trunk show.  “In addition to seeing the performances of LaRance and Chapman at the Roundup, we hope everyone will join us for the trunk show and jewelry sale on Thursday afternoon from 4-6 p.m.” said Lyle. 

For more information about Staked Plains Roundup or the Thursday Jewelry Trunk show, contact Mary Lyle
at 575-492-2679 or mlyle@nmjc.edu.

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