The Redhouse Dancers was started by Rex Redhouse, a member of the Navajo Nation in the late 60's.
The dance group consists of Redhouse family members: Mary; Charlotte; Vince; Tony; Lenny and Larry. Initially,
the group performed in California around the Monterey Pennisula area. Then, when Rex and Maria moved the
family to Tucson in the early 70's, The Redhouse Dancers began performing in schools, community cultural events,
colleges, pow wows, etc., in the Southwest and anywhere the public could be educated about Native Dances, songs and
The group incorporates intertribal social dances and songs into its dance program. Performances
usually begin with an-
-Honoring Song, a song performed by the whole group, honoring the people who requested the performance.
Then, different styles of regalia and dancing are represented in the following dances:
War Dance, usually the Grass Dance and Northern Traditional style of dancing are showcased here for the men. The
women might wear traditional Navajo cloth or traditional buckskin dress. Originally this dance was done before or
after a battle, to raise spirits or celebrate victory. Now this dance is a social dance and is danced
at social or competition pow wows.
Rope Dance -a dance honoring the introduction of horses to the Native Peoples by the Spanish. Ropes
are braided and unbraided by four dancers, keeping in time to a fast Navajo riding song.
The horse forever changed the way Native people lived and travelled on the land.
Eagle Dance - wearing the wings of the golden eagle, the dancer goes to the four sacred directions. The
eagle is highly revered among all Native people. It takes our prayers to the Creator and sees life's events from
a higher perspective.
Flute Solo -the flute, an ancient instrument used by Native peoples, was traditionally played by
a warrior to attract a prospective partner. It's sound is truly natural and brings with it a spirit of peace
Hoop Dance an exhibition dance, done by many tribes. This dance tells a creation story, and a unique story
by each hoop dancer who does it. It requires great skill to make butterfly, basket and animal designs with the hoops and simultaneously dance
in time with the drum at intense speeds. This dance also symbolizes the harmony in which the creator made all things to co-exist
and how we need to make a choice to be in harmony with all things that surround us.
The Our Father- a Native sign languaged prayer, the Native sign language done by Maria
Redhouse to the singing of the "Our Father" prayer. This prayer includes all the values we believe in: open
communication with the Creator: respect and reverance; humility; forgiveness for ourselves and others: and blessings
for all on into eternity.
Friendship Dance dancers invite the audience to join in and hold hands, form a circle, and do
a simple two step dance. Then, a single file is formed and each person shakes the hands of everyone
in the circle.