The hoop dancer symbolizes the renewal of
the earth. He dances within cycles, a celebration of the renewal of the
Earth's own cycles.
This hoop dancer dances on the image of
the earth which was glimpsed by the astronauts from space when man first
walked on the moon. When we first saw the earth from space, it was hoped
that there would be a new consciousness that would come from this first
ability to view ourselves; our planet. We could now see our planet. Now that
we could see ourselves from space, surely we would realize how fragile the
earth really is, that we are but one object in space. Surely with this new
perspective, we will honor the earth more. Perhaps we will preserve the
earth, our only planet to live on.
Wildcat's "Hoop Dancer" represents such a hope. May this hoop
dancer's sacred circles renew mother Earth, her sacred cycles, and our
consciousness of the delicate and difficult nature of this cyclic dance.
This painting was exhibited for American
Indian Earth Day: A Gathering for the Earth, art exhibit at the National
Ellipse during Earth Day, 1995, and at the University of Kansas Museum of
Anthropology Annual Indian Arts Exhibit, 1995.