FORT HALL — The Valley High School JV football team partook in a special dance last week.
The Vikings traveled to play the Sho-Ban Chiefs on Thursday. At halftime, Sho-Ban players, coaches and fans formed a circle and began a "round dance," as the Sho-Ban News Facebook page phrased it.
More specifically, it was a "friendship dance," according to Randy'L Teton, the public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
"That’s not a typical dance that we would perform during a game," Teton told the Times-News on Tuesday. "It was student-driven."
Friendship dances are typically performed at pow-wows, Teton said, as a way of expressing togetherness. The Sho-Ban players decided to include their opponents on Thursday night, and the Vikings happily joined the circle.
"Pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There aren’t many football games that you go to and dance with the other team at halftime," Valley freshman Brody Mussmann told the Times-News. "I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon."
The above video was posted to the Sho-Ban News Facebook page Thursday night after the game. As of Tuesday night, the post has more than 1,000 shares and 650 reactions.