Navajo Dancer Patrick Willie takes hoop dance to an international audience


Navajo Dancer Patrick Willie takes hoop dance to an international audience


Tiktok is playing an important role in teaching culture to indigenous youth across the world.

Navajo (pronounced Navaho) Dancer Patrick Willie has taken the hoop dance to an international audience and is teaching Native American youth about their culture in a fun way on the platform of their choice.

Hoop dancing is used in healing ceremonies and is fun, creative and inclusive with performances by both genders.

It is also a great storytelling medium with animal totem representations used to tell narratives.

Great to see culture continuing and adapting – old stories being told in new ways.


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Patrick Skene

Patrick Skene is a founder and Chief Creative Officer of Cultural Pulse. Patrick works with over 100 communities and creates compelling content for clients to engage with them. He is a storyteller, marketer, writer and author of ‘The Big O, The Life & Times of Olsen Filipaina‘ which has gone into reprint. His stories on the intersection of sport, history and culture have been published by The Guardian Australia, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and Inside Sport. He is currently the proud coach of the Rockdale Raiders Under 8B1’s football team.