One of the highlights from yesterday at the Richmond Folk Festival was the performance of the Mexican Sky Dancers, Tezcatlipoca Voladores. This activity is a Mayan tradition going back thousands of years. And it really gets your heart pounding in 2008 as they do this thing without safety ropes or a net.
Here’s a NextGen collection that pretty much goes through the performance from top to bottom. They start out with a dance and prayers and then proceed to the top of the poll. I have tried to capture some of their graceful and colorful flight to the ground. They do look like they are enjoying themselves.