Dillon Scott, commonly known as the “Sun God,” has become something of a campus celebrity in recent years. On warm days, Scott can be found at Sewell Park, soaking up the sun and dancing with abandon. While many Texas State students are familiar with the sight of the Sun God, not all may be familiar with his story.
AG: What’s the story behind you dancing outside?
DS: I really didn’t know at first, but I’ve come to find out it’s a Native American dance I do, so I didn’t really understand it at first. I’m Cherokee, my mother is half and her mother was full. I kind of started at Sewell, because I was outside by the river listening to EDM (electronic dance music) and then I started dancing and people started noticing me. It took me a while to really figure out that it was my Native American roots coming up.
AG: What’s your backstory? Who were you before the Sun God?
DS: I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UT—Austin. I graduated and went to work in Houston for Shell Oil Company doing corporate communication for a number of years. I love writing.
AG: How long have you been in the San Marcos area?
DS: For about 15 years. I was in Houston. I had just gone through a very messy divorce. I am 17 years clean and sober, so what I like to say is on December 6, 1996, I cried out to God for help. God brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous, AA brought me to God and so God was directing my feet. My mother lives in San Marcos, so I stay here and I’ve now become a care-taker for my mom; she’s 82.
AG: Why do you dance to the sun? Why don’t you dance to the moon, the water or the trees?
DS: I had been humbled so much by my life—when I was drinking and drugging—that all I could do was look up and see a power greater than ourselves, basically I could see God by looking up. And that’s kind of when I look up at the sun and dance.
AG: What are your favorite songs to listen to when you’re out dancing?
DS: Anything trance related. It’s kind of a happy music. If it doesn’t have words, that’s even better. I don’t want to get words in my head. I just want to keep my head as clear as possible. Music makes you use your brain more than any other activity that you can do. I’ve seen pictures of Native Americans (lift their hands) outside to nature and the sky. It’s nothing that I do—it’s something that’s been done.
AG: What are some things people tell you or do when you’re out there?
DS: For some reason if I look happy to people, they get me. Some people don’t get me. Some people say, “You need to go somewhere else and do that. You’re making too much noise, and you’re dancing way too crazy.” Those people don’t get me, and it’s fine, I understand. I love the little kids though.