|The Deer Dance is a colorful traditional
celebration symbolizing the way of life during the Early Maya Civilization
The dance emphasizes the important relationship between humanity
and nature. It is celebrated for nine (9) days each year during the month
of August. The dancers dance to the rhythm of Marimba music. The
deer dance consists of 24 characters, each representing a creature within
the Maya Civilization. The characters include: 1 old man, 8 deer,
8 soldiers, 1 tiger, 2 monkeys, 2 baboons, 1 dog, and 1 senorita. The old
man is the leader of the dance. The eight deer are taken care of
by the old man. The two baboons and monkey protect the senorita from
the soldiers. The soldiers' capture the senorita, then take her to
the center of the dance so that they can dance together. The tigerís
role is to hunt the deer. The dog also protects the deer from the tiger.
The senorita owns the little dog and she represents the old manís wife.