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First annual SKC powwow a success

By Lailani Upham

(L to R) Youngest Iron Horse drummers keep the dancers hopping with some jamming songs: Colby White Jr, Sabine Branson Browneagle; Louise Cullooyah; Devin Browneagle. Iron Horse is based out Cusick, Washington. (Lailani Upham photo) (L to R) Youngest Iron Horse drummers keep the dancers hopping with some jamming songs: Colby White Jr, Sabine Branson Browneagle; Louise Cullooyah; Devin Browneagle. Iron Horse is based out Cusick, Washington. (Lailani Upham photo)

PABLO — The first annual Salish Kootenai College powwow kicked off with jamming drums and superb dancers this past weekend at the SKC Joe McDonald Health and Athletic Center.

The crowd may have been small, but participants across the gym disclosed in harmony that the celebration was enjoyable.

For years the powwow has been scheduled during the graduation and labeled a “graduation powwow.”

This year for the first time the SKC Spirit of the Bison Club members made a decision to line up this celebration with other spring university powwows.

Powwows such as Montana State University-Bozeman, MSU-Billings, MSU-Northern and the University of Montana Kyi-Yo powwow have been ongoing as “contest powwows” for several years and have been a calendar marker for folks near and far; and SKC Spirit of the Bison said they wanted to offer the same for the community and the steady-going powwower’s to enjoy.

Girls fancy dancer Lisette Wells prances lightly and beautiful to the beat during the Friday evening session. (Lailani Upham photo) Girls fancy dancer Lisette Wells prances lightly and beautiful to the beat during the Friday evening session. (Lailani Upham photo)

The other reason for changing the two-day powwow to May is to eliminate the complication of switching buildings from Two Eagle River School gymnasium to the SKC Health Center during the graduation weekend, stated SKC Spirit of the Bison President ShiNaasha Pete.

The graduation powwow is still scheduled in June, says Pete.

“We are going to make it a one day social powwow for the community and graduates and families. We will have round dancing, owl dancing, cake walks and hold honorings and specials for those who would like to do so,” Pete said.

This past weekend 11 drums were registered and approximately 100 dancers during each session, Pete reported.

Club members: Pete; Clara Charlie, Vice-President; Carol LaVallie; and Emerald Tucker. Allen Addison is club advisor.

Fans are raised and graceful steps are seen during the Carla Torosian Women’s Jingle Dress Special. Torosian carried the honor of Head Woman Dancer for the 1st Annual SKC Powwow. (Lailani Upham photo) Fans are raised and graceful steps are seen during the Carla Torosian Women’s Jingle Dress Special. Torosian carried the honor of Head Woman Dancer for the 1st Annual SKC Powwow. (Lailani Upham photo)

Sponsors for this year’s celebration were: SKC, TRIO Student Support Services, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. Individual sponsors were: Ruth Swaney, Catherine Addison, Alec and Betty Quequesah, Joe and Sherry McDonald, Tracie McDonald, Liz Doney, Glen Aragon, SKC Bookstore, HCT Department, Kevin Burland, Jason Charlo, Namchak Retreat Ranch, and Linda King.

Head woman dancer: Carla Torosian; Head man dancer: Scott Arnoux; Princess: Dominique He Crow; Honorary MC: Alec Quequesah; MC: Shonto Pete; and Arena Director: A.J. McDonald.

Junior Girls Traditional
   1 Place, Amani Yellow Owl, Missoula, Blackfeet
   2 Place, Oteskwe Shebala, Coeur D’Alene ID, Blackfeet/Navajo
   3 Place, Shawna Rose SkunkCap, Browning, Blackfeet

Junior Girls Jingle
   1 Place, Cheyenne WindyBoy, Rocky Boy, Chippewa Cree/Navajo
   2 Place, Kree Star, Ronan, Shoshone
   3 Place, Shandiin Shebala, Coeur D’Alene ID, Blackfeet/Navajo

Carolyn Gopher, 8, from Missoula gaze at the dancers on the floor while her mother Carol wraps her braids Saturday afternoon. (Lailani Upham photo) Carolyn Gopher, 8, from Missoula gaze at the dancers on the floor while her mother Carol wraps her braids Saturday afternoon. (Lailani Upham photo)

Junior Girls Fancy
   1 Place, Tailee KickingWomen, Missoula, Blackfeet/Nez Perce
   2 Place, Precious David, Post Creek, Chippewa Cree
   3 Place, Alayna Bevis, Pablo, Umatilla/Salish

Junior Boys Traditional
   1 Place, Louis Cullooyah, Cusick WA, Kalispel
   2 Place, James Rider, Browning, Blackfoot
   3 Place, Talon Addison, Post Creek, Cheyenne

Junior Boys Grass
   1 Place, Devin BrownEagle, WA, Kalispel
   2 Place, Sabine BrownEagle, WA, Kalispel
   3 Place, Andre Lamb, Missoula, WhiteClay

Junior Boys Fancy
   1 Place, Colby White Jr., Cusick WA, Navajo/Kalispel
   2 Place, Tavin Lapahie, Arlee, Navajo
   3 Place, Darius Tewawine, Arlee,, Blackfeet

Teen Girls Jingle
   1 Place, Ayanna Oldperson, Missoula, Blackfeet
   2 Place, Kya-Rae Arthur, Arlee, Cree/Navajo
   3 Place, Stormie Perdash, Ft. Hall ID, Shoshone Bannock

Pend d’Oreille Elder Pat Pierre spots a friend in the crowd and acknowledges with a smile during Grand Entry Friday evening. (Lailani Upham photo) Pend d’Oreille Elder Pat Pierre spots a friend in the crowd and acknowledges with a smile during Grand Entry Friday evening. (Lailani Upham photo)

Teen Girls Fancy
   1 Place, Marcella Whiteman, Star School, Blackfeet
   2 Place, SmokeeLiz Goodstriker, Standoff AB, Blood
   3 Place, Laurencia Starblanket, Arlee, Salish/Cree

Teen Boys Traditional
   1 Place, Ike Carpenter, St. Ignatius, Salish
   2 Place, Junior Hendrickx, Ronan, Salish
   3 Place, Jimi Hendrickx, Ronan, Salish

Teen Boys Grass
   1 Place, Clay Goodstriker, Standoff AB, Blood
   2 Place, Desmond Madera, Coeur D’Alene ID, Colville/Blackfeet
   3 Place, Ardon McDonald, Ronan, Blackfeet/Salish

Teen Boys Fancy
   1 Place, Ashkii Pete, Spokane WA, Navajo/Salish

Golden age ladies traditional dancer Velma Bahe, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho halts in respects during the flag song. (Lailani Upham photo) Golden age ladies traditional dancer Velma Bahe, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho halts in respects during the flag song. (Lailani Upham photo)

Women’s Golden Age
   1 Place, Velma Bahe, Bonners Ferry ID, Kootenai
   2 Place, Linda Pete, Polson, Eastern Shawnee
   3 Place, Joey Jane, Arlee, Navajo

Men’s Golden Age
   1 Place, Andrew WindyBoy, Rocky Boy, Chippewa/Cree
   2 Place, Stephan SmallSalmon, Ronan, Pend O’rielle
   3 Place, Ronald WindyBoy, Great Falls, Chippewa/Cree

Women’s Traditional
   1 Place, Khena Bullshields, Missoula, Blood
   2 Place, Dominique YellowOwl, St Ignatius, Spokane
   3 Place, Naomi Wood, Polson, Nez Perce/Cree

Women’s Jingle
   1 Place, Taunie Cullooyah, Usk WA, Kalispel
   2 Place, Paula Shebala, Coeur D’Alene ID, Blackfeet
   3 Place, Jennifer Gram, Rocky Boy, Souix

Thomas Addison, 5, enters the floor with old style dance moves and stamina during the Chicken Dance Special Saturday evening. Chicken Dancer Louie Paul is on his left and Acorn Holds The Enemy is on the right. (Lailani Upham photo) Thomas Addison, 5, enters the floor with old style dance moves and stamina during the Chicken Dance Special Saturday evening. Chicken Dancer Louie Paul is on his left and Acorn Holds The Enemy is on the right. (Lailani Upham photo)

Men’s Traditional
   1 Place, Sheldon Shebala, Coeur D’Alene ID, Navajo
   2 Place, Colby White Sr., Cusick WA, Navajo
   3 Place, Jesse Bevis, Pablo, Pend O’rielle/Cree/Blackfeet

Men’s Grass
   1 Place, Dakota Madera, Spokane Valley WA, Colville
   2 Place, Charles WindyBoy, Rocky Boy, Chippewa Cree
   3 Place, Acorn Holds The Enemy, Pablo, Crow

Men’s Fancy
   1 Place, Stan Whiteman Sr., Star School, Blackfeet/Blood
   2 Place, Louie Plant Sr., St Ignatius, Flathead
   3 Place, Shay EarthBoy, Pablo, Assiniboine

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