Snake dance

Emily and Hannah

These pictures represent the costumes that they use. The snakes are regarded as their "brothers" and the dancers, also known as the snake priests, are giving the snakes a prayer for rain. When the ceremony is done the snakes are released so they can deliver the prayers to the gods. The ritual is performed during drought season in Arizona every year. The music consists mostly of chanting and rattling. Antelope priests are often present at the ceremonies to help carry the weight of the snakes.

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