So…the other day Joelle took me out to my first 10,000 Eisa Dancers Festival. Man was it hot, and the Eisa Dancers were pretty neat as well. There’s something about hearing all those drums drumming and yelling that shook me from the inside. To be honest it kinda felt like it did when I went to my first football game where my beloved Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Los Angeles Raiders at the Coliseum. The thundering in my body gave me chills despite the warm weather.
Anyway, here are a few of the pictures….
Pretty cool, you just park your car over this blue thing and then after about 5 minutes the yellow thing pops up and you can’t get out until you pay.
This was right after we got there and Quinn’s hair is already sticking to his head.
So this is our Friend T, she whipped out her map and started to make communication with the natives so we would know if we were in a good spot or not. She is great.
Everyone got involved in the parade and dancing. These were people from right around where we were standing, there was a woman, a few moments before, helping them with their sequence of dance moves.
Even the kids got into the parade and the drumming and dancing.
Most of my shots of the long street with all the dancers turned out to be pretty bad, this ended up being one of the best if that tells you how bad the others were. Anyway, really neat to see the long line of dancers all making the same moves at the same time.
This girl caught my eye because she had some good eye contact with all of us standing in the street, and a nice smile…one of the few.
As opposed to this guy, who I also thought was interesting because he not only was really into it but had such great, intense facial expressions, I though he was very Maori like.
And to not be out done, this guy, from one of the shops near by, when there was a lull in the drumming and dancing came out and…yes…that is a broom…with a flute…or…a flute…with a broom. Of course then there’s always the stick with a flute on one end and a broom on the other…hmmmmm…curious.
This row of people were pretty fun to watch, they have the big drums that make that deep thump, thump, thump. Again great facial expressions and some nice moves…actually now that I think about it their moves were pretty close to everyone elses moves but I got pictures of these guys and not the others.
It was pretty hot and we were there for about 3 hours we drank lots and of water but it still wasn’t enough. I think Kira and Joelle ended up with some rash from just being skin to skin and it being so hot. Despite the heat it was so much fun, we had a great opportunity to get some good, fun pictures, and see another culture celebrate with a huge parade and party. One thing that this reminds me of is how blessed we can be in the military, with all the chances we have to get overseas and experience different cultures and meet new people and have a chance to learn new languages, and see so much of history. Of course to do this you have to have get off the base, but that’s a different story.