Flying Dancers from Mexico

As part of the Opening Ceremonies, the Flying Dancers from the Teenek community from Mexico climbed a 40 foot tree trunk.  Then with the rope wrapped around their waist, they lept from the top of the tree trunk and swung around it a dozen times until they reached the ground.

The Teneek people are an indigenous group from Central Mexico.  The purpose of this dance is to ask the lord of corn for a season of good crops.

While the fliers swung around, the females waited for their descent.  This ritual has roots in the Mayan Culture.

During the ceremony, five men climb a wooden pole (normally at least 50 feet long).

One man remains on top of the pole playing a flute, while the other four jump off and spin around with their feet tied to the pole in a motion that makes them appear to be flying.

The four flyers represent the four winds, the four corners of the Earth and the four seasons.
Also, the rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, symbolizing the 52 weeks of the year

Also performing was Canadian Rock/Blues superstar, Derek Miller who is an aboriginal Canadian singer-songwriter from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation.

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