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Circa 1980 we were fortunate enough to be in Northern New Mexico, San Juan Pueblo on the weekend of the Deer Dance. I remember early October? I was allowed to take photos of the event. I am dredging deep into memory here so I will relate what little I can as best as I can. If others can relate details, please email me. I think the photo are in cronological order. A few comments are posted where appropriate. I make no pretense of understanding the fine points of this dance, and used it in my classes for various purposes. For urban kids, this was like seeing Clingons, just a totally foreign revelation.

This series in now in the photo archives of the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum in Sante Fe, New Mexico. If you have interest in them contact: