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Taos Pueblo

Turtle Dance at New Year's
It was bitter cold on New Year's Day but we woke up at dawn to go to Taos Pueblo. We'd heard that the residents perform a traditional Native American dance, called the Turtle Dance. As we waited for the men to leave the kivas, my toes turned numb and I wondered how they would be able to stand the cold for hours at a time. They were shirtless and chanted in their native tongue. It was a unique way to ring in the New Year in the U.S., a country where history and culture are so modern that it is refreshing to find places where it remains intact.
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Taos Pueblo, NM, USA