Ranch life in the Big Sky state through the eyes of one who has lived through it...so far.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

There are no "Hips" in "Blackfeet"

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So yeah, it's the New Year and all that, and while I don't make resolutions per say, I do find it generally necessary to recommit myself to exercise after six weeks of excessive stuffing of my face over the holidays. Since the clinic where I work has purchased a staff membership at the fitness center right down the street, I don't have a whole lot of excuses this winter. While I was at it, I decided to try something new. It's called Zumba, and when done correctly, it looks like this:



Note that I said "when done correctly". Because here's the thing: I wasn't a cheerleader, or a twirler, or even one of the popular girls who got asked to dance a lot. Plus I grew up out here on the reservation where dancing looks like this:



As you can see, Zumba is all about something called 'power hips', while Native American dancing is all about the feet, which makes sense especially for us being Blackfeet and all. Toss in my complete inability to mirror the movements of a dance instructor and I'm telling you, it ain't pretty.

So far, though, the injuries have been minor. A couple of dislocated ribs and a sprained muffin top on my part from doing that shimmy thing. And a busted gut on the part of my classmate from watching me try.

PS: Yes, I know the second video takes a while to get to the dancing, but that is 'my' Chief Mountain at the opening, from a slightly more northerly angle than our view here at the ranch. 

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5 comments:

Ali Trotta said...

I know so many people who love ZUMBA, but it feels too much like public line dancing (line dancing, high school flashback of gym class -- EEK). I can learn steps, but it takes me FOREVER. Until I learn them, I look silly and can't stop laughing. I am not a Serious Dancer.

BUT trying something new is always an experience. Thanks for sharing! I hope, er, that your butt feels better. ;-)

Whiffletree Farm said...

Dancing with your feet looks like it burns more calories and is a lot safer! I know some women, too, that have exercise injuries; so ironic, so pathetic! Just eat salads for the next six months.

Kari Lynn Dell said...

Whiffle: SALAD? Ugh. My theory: I hate to exercise a lot less than I love to eat.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

Was the second one in Browning? Just wondering. I think I have been to that pow wow 3-4 times...

Kari Lynn Dell said...

Cowgirl: Yep, that's Browning. Or North American Indian Days as they call it now.