Pow Wow Allows Inmates to Reconnect with Their Roots

Utah Department of Corrections There might not be the smell of frybread wafting in the air or rows of vendors selling their wares, but the familiar sound of the drumbeat is there. Native American inmates at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison held a pow wow in November to celebrate their culture and reconnect with their traditional roots. The theme was “Many Tribes … One Nation” ...

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Saving Our Beautiful Future One Dance At A Time!

Our beautiful Native future! Interview by Dr Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Native Youth...Native Dance! Our Youth are our future and our future is beautiful! Alorha Baga, champion Jingle Dress Dancer, and Donzia Morales, former Miss Chemawa and Miss Te-Moak Queen are  making a beautiful difference in the lives of Native Youth. Wonder ...

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Visiting Arizona? Don’t Miss Native Trails

Now in its 13th year, Native Trails returns to Scottsdale Civic Center Park to provide free lunchtime performances this January through April 2015. This year the event will focus on passing the tradition of singing and dancing from one generation to the next. "Young and old will dance together," said Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), artistic director for Native Trails and seven-time hoop dance world champion. "By having multiple generations of dancers perform, we will demonstrate that although ...

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Red Cloud Students Sing Silent Night in Lakota

Check out these cute kiddos from Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. They're singing Silent Night in Lakota. // Post by Red Cloud Indian School. Fun fact: Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford from Scatter Their Own is an alum of the school.

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These Native Artists Are Taking Country Music Back to Its Roots

You might recognize some of these names if you're into country music. Most have been nominated for Native American Music Awards or Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards. MIC.com recently ran a story highlighting how these country music artists are better equipped than many of today's mainstream artists to take country back to its strong songwriting roots. Desiree Dorion tells Mic.com, "When you listen to old-time country ... there's more depth to the characters and their stories, in terms of the ...

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ROCK YOUR MOCS EVERY DAY: PUTTING THE MOCCASINS BACK ON

Hunkpapa Holy Man Joseph Flying Bye PUTTING THE MOCCASINS BACK ON is a new CD that features Lakota Language and Teaching by Joseph Flying Bye PUTTING THE MOCCASINS BACK ON by Joseph Flying Bye.  Center ...

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All Together Now! Team Dance Specials

Most of the pow wow videos I see posted online focus on the solo dance-offs. So it was nice seeing a recent Team Dance Special from Little Shell (New Town, ND) by Shay Crowfeather. The winners of the Team Dance Special ended being Reuben Crowfeather, Reuben Crowfeather Jr., Zane Tacan, and Brand White Eyes. I think I ended up watching this one at least 10 times because I liked the song so much! I also found ...

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Maidu Language Preservation Leads to Lifelong Friendship & Music

Michael Shipley had a unique upbringing in his Northern California home which most definitely influenced the creative work he does today. His father, William Shipley, was an ethnolinguist who taught at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. As part of his father's doctoral work in the 1950s, he went looking for native speakers of Maidu, a language that had never been properly documented by Euro-Americans. He was fortunate to meet many ...

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Two Young Men Sing Flag Song At White House Tribal Nations Conference

Preston and Niizhoo Sullivan sang the Flag Song at the White House today! We've featured Niizhoo several times on PowWows.com.  Today's audience including representatives from hundreds of tribes and President Obama. Watch the video of these two sing for our tribal leaders. Video from Kimber Acosta with News from Indian Country.     // ...

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Yup’ik Teen Has the Songs to Make You Dance

Who would have thought that a Yup’ik teenager from a town of 600 people in Western Alaska would become an Internet sensation? But we're living in a world today where we can share our culture with folks all over the world. Once you hear his voice you realize why he's so many are enamored. // ...

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