How to Make a Navajo Hoop

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The Navajo hoop dance is a Native American form of storytelling. One performer dances with many hoops, each representing a different animal, shape, or element. The hoops were originally made from willow branches, but today they can be made in a rewarding DIY fashion using industrial tubing, which is a more simple method.

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1. Cut 12 feet of 160 psi 3/4-inch diameter poly tubing using the PVC cutter. A saw or razor blade works as well. Using the blow dryer, blow on both sides of the tube at the same time for three to five minutes, making them flexible.

2. Quickly connect both sides of the hoop using the 3/4-inch insert connector, creating the hoop. If it does not insert into the tubing, heat up the ends of the tubing again.

3. Use the duct tape at the seam to ensure that the hoop is sealed.

4. Use the colorful tape to decorate the hoop by wrapping it around the hoop in circles and creating a swirling effect.

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