Native Arizonan: Derrick Suwaima Davis

Here is a cool black & white photograph of a Native Arizonan, Derrick Suwaima Davis.  He is from the Hopi and Choctaw Nations.  Suwaima, who began participating in Pow Wows at the age of 3, is a Four Time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Champion Fancy Dancer.

In addition to dancing competitively, Suwaima also has many other interests. He serves as the choreographer for, and performs in, the annual Native Song & Dance production at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Suwaima also functions as Artistic Director for the Native Trails Tour and Scottsdale Festivals.

For 7 years, he was a member of the pop/rock group “Clan/destine”. Furthermore, Suwaima has worked with The Phoenix Symphony and Canyon Records. In 2002, he was Head Man Dancer at the Inaugural Pow Wow at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, DC.

Suwaima has appeared as a model in Marie Clare and his image has been used on everything from billboards, to Heard Museum and Arizona Office of Tourism ads, to a US Postal Service campaign.

Auspicious publications Suwaima has been featured in includeSmithsonian (cover), Native Peoples (cover), Phoenix Home & Garden (as Master Dancer of the Southwest), and Cosmopolitan (man of the month).  Suwaima regularly performs in theatrical productions, school programs, concerts, and other special events.

Copyright 2009 Mark Zemnick IMG_7785-Edit

Copyright 2009 Mark Zemnick