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Sun Oct 23 09:54:04 SAST 2016

Apaches pray for dry Olympics

NASHIRA DAVIDS | 30 July, 2012 00:11
London's Olympic Stadium ©Getty images/LOCOG

The British are desperate for good weather during the Olympics. Despite hundreds of crossed fingers, British Airways might just have found the answer - some divine intervention.

The national carrier tracked down an Apache tribe from the US and flew them to London to perform their magic.

Last week the Yellow Bird Indian dancers from Arizona performed a traditional dance to appeal to the Creator to hold back the rain.

"Over the past week I have begun daily prayers and requests to the Creator, asking him to speak to the rain on our behalf," said Chief Ken Duncan.

"I have visited and asked my spiritual elders from various tribes to pray with me. Many will be with me in spirit . and the prayers will continue until I return to Arizona.

"I am asking the rain to watch from afar and see the many people from the many lands come together and play as one."

The professional family dance group, according to its website, performed for former first lady Laura Bush, former US President Jimmy Carter and the Queen of Denmark.

Members of the group include world hoop dancing champion Tony Duncan, and Violet Duncan, who was Miss Indian World in 2007.

The airline has set up an area - Park Live - at the Olympic Park where spectators can watch games on giant TV screens.

Stephen Forbes, spokesman for British Airways, said the company expects about 10000 visitors to Park Live daily. "BA lawn captains" will entertain the crowd.

On Friday the group taught the captains the traditional dance for keeping the sun shining and to amuse the crowd.


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