Rito Lopez Jr., Pima, Apache, Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa

Rito Lopez Jr., Pima, Apache, Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa

Rito Lopez Jr., of the Pima, Apache, Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa tribes works numerous hoops into his routine. Hoop Dancers use as few as four to as many as 50 hoops for their dances. (Nathan Ouellette/MEDILL)

Rito Lopez Jr., of the Pima, Apache, Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa Tribes works numerous hoops into his routine. Hoop Dancers use as few as four to as many as 50 hoops for their dances. (Nathan Ouellette/MEDILL)