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36th Annual Standing Arrow Powwow dances passed the smoke and the heat of summer

By Adriana Fehrs

Head Woman Dancer Susan Antiste and Head Man Dancer Wilbert Michel lead the Color Guard During the Grand Entry. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Head Woman Dancer Susan Antiste and Head Man Dancer Wilbert Michel lead the Color Guard During the Grand Entry. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

ELMO — Dancers were not overwhelmed with record-breaking heat, but faced smoky days during the 36th annual Standing Arrow Pow wow.

Jordan Stasso and Eddie Spears’, Masters of Ceremonies, voices boomed over the loud speakers to announce the upcoming events. Grand Entry was in full swing by eight o’ clock Friday night, and host drum Chief Cliff, of Elmo, echoed through the dusty and smoky air.

Former Lil Miss Kootenai, Shylei Tenas, smiles as the royalty is brought down to the floor before the First 2014 Standing Arrow Grand Entry. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Former Lil Miss Kootenai, Shylei Tenas, smiles as the royalty is brought down to the floor before the First 2014 Standing Arrow Grand Entry. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

It was a relaxed event says Stasso, “Punctuation was not so pressing, we just wanted to keep everyone entertained and relaxed. We wanted everyone to check out the lake and enjoy the view.”

The Color Guard led the way into the arena; Assiniboine Cree sings the victory song as the veterans dance onward. Head Man Dancer Wilber Michel and Head Woman Dancer Susan Antiste looked stunning in their full traditional regalia, as they stood with the Color Guard. Antiste donned a blue velvet traditional dress and Michel proudly wore his headdress and black attire.

A dancer shows off his moves Friday Night at the Standing Arrow pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo) A dancer shows off his moves Friday Night at the Standing Arrow pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The weekend proved to be full of honoring. On Saturday night, Stan Kenmille, U.S. Army, was given a blessing. Kenmille will be going active duty shortly.

At every opportunity, the emcees took the chance to honor our military veterans; at one point, all of the attending veterans were asked down onto the floor for an honor song. The Veterans Warriors Society and veterans Wilbert Michel, Frances Stanger, Gary Fox, Ronald Windy Boy, Gary Adolph, Dan Jackson, Joe Vanderburg, Jason Louie, Stan Healy, and Tribal Councilmember Lloyd Irvine stood together on the floor.

Even pow wow security jumped in to play a song during an intertribal at the Standing Arrow pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Even pow wow security jumped in to play a song during an intertribal at the Standing Arrow pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The outgoing 2013-2014 Miss Kootenai, Alexandrianna Pierre, welcomed in the new 2014-2015 Miss Kootenai, Marisa Shottana-Ponce, of Bonners Ferry. She says, “I felt kind of nervous and also kind of joyful.”

After the new royalty was announced Saturday night, a light moment was shared when all of the past Miss Kootenai winners were asked down to the floor to dance one song together. Though not all were in regalia, they hit the floor with enthusiasm and smiles as they circuited around the arena.

Alan Pierre dances through the smoke filled days at the Standing Arrow Pow wow.  (Adriana Fehrs photo) Alan Pierre dances through the smoke filled days at the Standing Arrow Pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The final competitions began on Sunday afternoon. The Golden age men and women danced first. It was a close call for the men – it took two rounds back-to-back to decide on a winner. Elders like Pat Pierre and Frances Stanger tore up the dance floor. For older gentlemen, they moved with precisely timed footsteps and grace during the competitions.

The twelve competing drum groups sang the hardest on the last day of the pow wow in hopes of winning the $4,000 dollar grand prize. Judges sat in the audience on Sunday.

Shandine Pete, with his son to the right, smiles as he sings and drums at the Standing Arrow Pow wow in Elmo last weekend. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Shandine Pete, with his son to the right, smiles as he sings and drums at the Standing Arrow Pow wow in Elmo last weekend. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Stasso says, “The Standing Arrow pow wow went really well. Thank you to every one that came and celebrated. I hope to see everyone one next year.”

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Women’s Sr. Combined
1 st – Julie Birdstone
2 nd - Trish Heavy Runner
3 rd - Linda Pete

Men’s Sr. Combined
1 st – Larry White Jr.
2 nd – Leon Crane Bear
3 rd – Joe Sam Scabby Robe

Women’s Traditional
1 st – Ramona Croff
2 nd – Eldene Stanley
3 rd – Stormy Perdash

Salish Elder Pat Pierre doesn’t let the smoke slow him down. The elder smiles as he dances around the arena at the Standing Arrow Pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Salish Elder Pat Pierre doesn’t let the smoke slow him down. The elder smiles as he dances around the arena at the Standing Arrow Pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Men’s Traditional
1 st – Alum Yellow Owl
2 nd – Justus Cree
3 rd – AJ McDonald

Women’s Fancy
1 st – Alanis Yazzie
2 nd – Sally Ann Jack
3 rd – Desba White

Men’s Fancy
1 st – Alden Spoon Hunter
2 nd – Albert Plant
3 rd – Louie Plant Sr.

Women’s Jingle
1 st - Tawnie Culloyah
2 nd – Gigi Growing Thunder
3 rd – Clara Charlie

Marisa Shottana-Ponce, of Bonners Ferry, was crowned the 2014-2015 Lil Miss Kootenai last weekend at the Standing Arrow Pow wow in Elmo (Adriana Fehrs photo) Marisa Shottana-Ponce, of Bonners Ferry, was crowned the 2014-2015 Lil Miss Kootenai last weekend at the Standing Arrow Pow wow in Elmo (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Men’s Grass
1 st – Ron Kicking Woman
2 nd – Dave Madera
3 rd – Eugene Edwards Jr.

Men’s Chicken
1 st – Guy Fox
2 nd – Rodney Firststrike
3 rd – Albert One Pennee

Teen Girl’s Traditional
1 st – Jusine Scabby Robe
2 nd – Marita Growing Thunder
3 rd – Susseli Pete

Teen Boy’s Traditional
1 st – Raymond Scott Jr.
2 nd – Ike Carpenter
3 rd – Anthony Cree

A young fancy dancers dances her heart out during an intertribal song at the Standing Arrow Pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo) A young fancy dancers dances her heart out during an intertribal song at the Standing Arrow Pow wow. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Teen Girl’s Fancy
1 st – Precious David
2 nd – Siliye Pete
3 rd – Maliya Kai

Teen Boy’s Fancy
1 st – Daven Madera
2 nd – Ashkii Pete
3 rd – Dallas Durhelm

Teen Girl’s Jingle
1 st – Alexandrianna Pierre
2 nd – Hannah Blackcrow
3 rd – Nicole Perry

Teen Boy’s Grass
1 st – Desmund Madera
2 nd – Jarrel Gopher
3 rd – Dontaru Scott

The Golden Age Men’s competition heated up during Sunday afternoon. They danced back to back competitions. (Adriana Fehrs photo) The Golden Age Men’s competition heated up during Sunday afternoon. They danced back to back competitions. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Teen Boy’s Chicken
1 st – Ardon McDonald
2 nd – Dean Mad Plume
3 rd – Callan Foz

Jr. Girl’s Traditional
1 st – Amani Yellow Owl
2 nd – Rae Deanorose Croff
3 rd – Simisn Heavyrunner

Jr. Boy’s Traditional
1 st – Herschel Williamson
2 nd – Thomas Addison
3 rd – Avary McDonald

Jr. Girl’s Fancy
1 st – Tailee Kickingwoman
2 nd – Hakeu Hammett
3 rd – Sephra Daniels

A women’s Golden Age competitor dances to the drums on Sunday Afternoon. (Adriana Fehrs photo) A women’s Golden Age competitor dances to the drums on Sunday Afternoon. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Jr. Boy’s Fancy
1 st – Dashen
2 nd – Colby White Jr.
3 rd – Talan Addison

Jr. Girl’s Jingle
1 st – Kree star Barnet
2 nd – Kamian Pretty On Top
3 rd – Wak Shawl

Jr. Boy’s Grass
1 st – Keyan Pretty On Top
2 nd – Adrre Lamb
3 rd – Willis Williamson

Drum Competition
1 st - Iron Horse Creek
2 nd - Young Grey Horse
3 rd - Southern Cree Junior
4 th - Kicking Women
5 th – Inter Tribal Boys

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