PHOENIX â€“ Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Tewa/Assiniboine) of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, N.M., earned 237 points to win his second consecutive adult world hoop dance title at the 26th annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest Feb. 14 here. The honor also included $3,500 in prize money.
LaRanceâ€™s total, out of a maximum of 250 points, bested that of the second-place finisher, former champion Dallas Arcand (Cree/Nakota Sioux/Metis), of Kipohtakaw First Nation, Alberta, Canada. Arcand had 231 points, earning him a $2,500 prize. In 2015, LaRanceâ€™s victory over his next closest opponent, seven-time adult world champion Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw) of Old Oraibi, Ariz., was also by six points, 241-235. This year, Davis placed fifth.
Eighty-one contestants â€“ 23 more than in 2015 â€“ competed this year in the museumâ€™s Libby Amphitheater in youth, teen, adult and senior divisions. Here is a news release containing the complete results:
Here are the winners in the senior, teen and youth divisions: