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‘Hoop Dancer’ by
Artist Ted DeGrazia
Photo courtesy of The Gallery in the Sun, Tucson, AZ

Amid the swirls of color and rhythm, artist Ted DeGrazia tells the story of a master story-teller. The Native American Hoop Dance is a form of storytelling put into dance form, with the dancer using anywhere from 1 to 30 hoops. The hoops represent elements of the story being told--maybe a butterfly, an eagle, a snake or coyote will be formed by the interlocking hoops. The circle itself, represents the circle of life and the connections from one circle to another symbolizing the connection we all have to one another--whether human or animal. Celebrate our connection to nature and each other through the magic of Ted DeGrazia's colorful brush strokes and make our Hoop Dancer jigsaw puzzle. Remember you can rotate the puzzle pieces by putting your mouse over a piece and using the roller on your mouse or your arrow keys. You click and drag pieces where you want them, and use the Ghost feature to create the picture as the background for your workspace. Click on image to see the colors, and have fun!

Hoop Dancer by Ted DeGrazia
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Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, ArizonaThe DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is  listed on the National Register of Historic Places It houses six permanent collections of paintings that  trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals, including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures and ceramics. For more information, visit