PHOTOS: Summer Solstice Marked With Fire, Magic, More

PHOTOS: Summer Solstice Marked With Fire, Magic & Yoga
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A Hopi Indian boy rests after a butterfly dance during the 2003 summer solstice at the Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico. Performed by children, the dance is a prayer for rain and health, and a celebration of the butterfly's pollination of flowers.

For a few days around the summer solstice, the sunrise aligns with an ancient solstice marker in the park, which invites a different Native American tribe to perform each year. In 2008, the festival's dancers will be from New Mexico's Acoma tribe.

(Related: "Ancient Massacre Discovered in Chaco Canyon—Was It Genocide?" [July 12, 2007].)

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