Danza del Venado
The danza del venda, also known as the "Dear Dance", is originally from the Mexican state, Senora; it is a native Yaqui dance. The danza del venado is a dramatization of a deer hunt to honor the natural world and the white tailed deer, which provided all of the Yaqui's essentials.
The choreography of the dance is supposed to resemble a deer's graceful and athletic movements. The dancer wear a deer head. The instruments that play along side the dancers are a reed flute, percussion, rasps, rattles, and chanting. The dance carries on with the deer running, jumping through the forest and drinking from a stream. Then suddenly the deer encounters a group of hunters, who chase it with bows and arrows. In the end the deer gives its life up for the hunters, so that they may live, demonstrating the cycle of life. The percussion begins to slowly come to a stop to represent the deer's heartbeat and life coming to its end.
The danza del venado is one of Mexico's well known dance. This dance has barely changed over the past few centuries. Somehow the Yaqui people were able to fend for their land and culture against Spain and because of that, there is no European influence in the danza del venado. This dance is highly respected for its religious aspect.