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Sacred Spirits – Yeha-Noha

April 30th, 2009 · 13 Comments

Wishes of Happiness Prosperity.  No, I’m not a Native American, the tribe I come from is the Huichol (Wixáritari) tribe which are the direct descendants of the Aztecs, but I was fortunate enough to go to a Native American wedding ceremony and dance with the tribe much like what you see in the video.  It was a moving experience to say the least!  I love the Southwest, the desert, the mountains, and the people.  For Patrick coming from France, it was like visiting another planet!  Yeha-Noha is one of my favorite songs….enjoy!

Maya Muses:  Just a little historical tidbit, part of this video first came out in France as a Häagen-Dazs commercial back in 1986 or 1987.  (The Polaroid camera is a give away at how old the video is!)  The first time it aired on television (yes almost all 4 minutes of it!) at the end of the commercial it just said: Häagen-Dazs.  Each time it aired, all of us kept asking, “What in the heck is Häagen-Dazs?”

Version that came out on French TV

Tags: Entertainment · Music Muses · Special Moments · Travel

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena // Apr 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Simply beautiful, both videos and the music!

  • 2 Patrick // Apr 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    The young Indian couple getting married kind of remind me of Holly and her boyfriend.

  • 3 Patrick // Apr 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Forgot to say, I’ve loved the music since I first heard it ten years ago and the images in the video are great.

  • 4 Lynn // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Deena, even though I first saw this video almost 25 years ago, I still love it! When you think that the young people in that video are now in their late 30’s and early 40’s…..oh well, I was a lot younger when I first saw it too!

    (It’s scary how time goes by so quickly!)

  • 5 Lynn // Apr 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    John and HollyPatrick, funny you should say that! I thought the same thing when I watched it! There’s something about the girl that reminds me of Holly; I think it’s the eyes and the lips, but Holly’s nose is straighter. Still, Holly and her boyfriend, John, have that same allure!

    (I just noticed that she has her hand exactly like I do in my photo! It must be a family trait!)

  • 6 Deena // Apr 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    It’s not only scary, it’s downright frightening! LOL

    (I don’t know who John and Holly are, but they do have that same vibe.)

  • 7 Harriet // Apr 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Love the music — so mesmerizing…..

    Thanks for all the info.

  • 8 Lynn // May 1, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Deena, I write a lot about my neice Katarina on this blog, Holly is her older sister (and more private) and John his her boyfriend.

    I’ll have to put a recording of Holly on my blog. She sang “Unchained Melody” in public when she was only 8 years old….she would blow Simon Cowell’s mind if he heard her. It’s his favorite song!

  • 9 Lynn // May 1, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Thanks Harriet….it is mesmerizing and timeless!

  • 10 Billy // May 2, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Lynn — After reading your post, a linguistic and/or cultural question comes into my mind, although it certainly is a little out of topic: should we infer from your post that Aztecs (or Incas, or Mayas, or any people who lived in the Americas before Colombus) are not considered Native Americans? Just asking, because it appears weird, seen from this (eastern) side of the Atlantic.

  • 11 Lynn // May 3, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Billy, interesting comment! I can see how that would be confusing to many people. Actually yes, you’re correct, Native American Indians does include all Indian tribes throughout the Americas, however in the US when you say “Native American”, to “Americans” it refers to the tribes that constitute the United States.

    It’s the same when people refer to “Americans”, they think of people coming from the US and not from Canada, Mexico, or any Central or South American countries. Officially Canadians, Nicaraguans, Colombians, etc., are all Americans, but when you say someone is “American” everyone automatically thinks of that person coming from the United States.

    I must admit I was writing more from an “American” perspective rather than a global outlook, which is more in line with my readership. Thanks!

  • 12 Lynn // May 3, 2009 at 2:29 am

    I forgot to mention, there is a distinction, for example, when you fill out official forms in the US and they’re asking for your race; part of the list besides Caucasian, and Black/African-American, is the category of Native American Indian, Alaska Native (which includes Eskimos, Aleuts and Alaskan Indians) and Hispanic.

    Hispanic is a whole other topic of discussion (which most Hispanics are not happy about)! I always put a check next to Hispanic, but I also write down Mexican-American, even though there may not be any room for it, but to be more precise!

  • 13 Billy // May 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the explanation, Lynn! I should have guessed… it was ‘American’ with the US meaning, duh!

    About the ‘Hispanic’ thing, I understand what you mean. It appears a bit odd indeed that people with Indian roots in the USA are Native Americans, but people with Indian roots in Latin America are Hispanics

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