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Pueblo de San Ildefonso dancers Shyanna Fender (cq, foreground center), 10, and sister Justine (cq, background right), 15, perform a Buffalo Dance to open the Centennial Ceremony at Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez, Co. on Thursday June 29, 2006. On June 29, 1906 Theodore Roosevelt designated Mesa Verde a national park, the first cultural national park in the history of the world. The park will celebrate it's 100th birthday with a weekend of events, dancing, musical entertainment and special tours of some of the cliff dwellings. The ancestors of the Pueblo people of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico are believed to be the one time inhabitants of Mesa Verde. The Buffalo Dance has become a largely social dance in a setting such as this ceremony. (MARC PISCOTTY/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) CQ Shyanna and Justine Fender

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