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Ten items you'll need at Burning Man this year

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7. Poi Among the many wonders of Burning Man are poi and other circus activities. "I started spinning a while ago," says Susan Feller, a Burning Man vet and fire-spinning enthusiast. "I really just came to enjoy the whole of it." Scarf hoods are also recommended to keep dust and sand out of your hair...though it probably won't help too much. 6. Crafts Since no money is to be exchanged for the duration of Burning Man, people often bring things to barter. Earrings, quilts and other crafts are among the items that people trade for other forms of art, jewelry and practical use. Mary Feller (mother of Susan, quilter of quilts) of Colorado Springs has watched her three children visit Burning Man and report back about the wonder. "It sounds amazing, but I think I'll leave that on them," she says. 5. Functional glass art Glass-blowing is a wonderful hobby, but as Kate Kelly puts it, "I really just enjoy how glass works." After attending a regional burn in Utah a few years ago, Kelly found herself immersed in the scene, and before she knew it, she was selling her own glass work under Spitfire Art. You will definitely find a lot of glass at Burning Man.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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