Lumbee Gymnast Ashton Locklear – 2016 United States Olympic Team

Ashton Locklear is the first Native American to be a part of the United States Gymnastics Olympic Team!  After the Olympic Team Trials in San Jose, Locklear was added to the team as an alternate. PowWows.com recently interviewed Ashton Locklear before she heads to train with team. How did you get started in gymnastics? I got started because my older sister, Angelia was taking gymnastics classes and I wanted to follow my big sister. At a young age, Locklear watched her older sister's gymnastics lessons and began ...

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Famous Jingle Dress Dancers

Of the couple thousand dancers who are traveling the Powwow trail this Summer, here are a few Jingle Dress dancers who have gained National prominence in Indian Country. Each of these ladies below share a common background being a Jingle Dress Dancer, whether its been by winning major Powwow dance competitions showcasing their intricate foot work, being asked to lead a Powwow as a head dancer or having a massive following on Facebook....

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Bead Artist Elias Not Afraid

  Elias Not Afraid is fast becoming a well-known and established bead artist. His work ranges from being a full-time contributor to Crow/Northern Cheyenne fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail’s Yellowtail Collective to having his work worn by the Black Eyed Peas very own Taboo™️. Originally from Lodge Grass, Montana on the Crow Indian Reservation, Elias is a full-time beader and maker of powwow fans adorned with featherwork, threadwork, and beadwork. Having ...

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Larry Yazzie Plays Detective in Movie ‘No Blood of Mine’

We're all familiar with Larry Yazzie, famous fancy dancer and creator of the Native Pride Dancers group. But did you know he was also an actor? Yazzie is a natural performer, so it only makes sense that he uses his talents on the big screen. In the new murder mystery movie No Blood of Mine Yazzie plays Detective Rennie Dupree. From the movie's synopsis: Victoria, a smart and pretty girl from a poor ...

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Dr. Lita’s Story Highlights Need for Organ Donation in Native Community

If you've gone to Gathering of Nations, then you are definitely familiar with the lady pictured above. Dr. Lita Mathews is the co-founder of one of the largest pow wows in North America and you may have seen her judging the Long Hair contest there. The reason she enjoys putting on this special contest each year is because her father loved her beautiful long hair and said she should never cut it. However she had developed some serious health issues ...

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Hoop Dancer Serves As Ambassador for Deaf Children

Burton Bird might be deaf, but that hasn't stopped him from learning how to dance and being passionate about sharing the culture with others. Like most deaf or hearing impaired people, he can still feel the rhythm and vibrations from the music. “That’s how I learned, by the beat of the drum,” he says in an interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. The youngest child of late Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Senator Allen Bird, he has always communicated through sign ...

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Larry Yazzie – Sharing Indigenous Culture with the World

I caught up with Larry Yazzie the founder of the successful dance troupe – Native Pride Dancers. Yazzie was in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the head staff at the Gathering of Nations pow-wow held in April every year. Yazzie started dancing at the tender young age of 7 years old, and now he is 49 years old. He learned how to dance by observing. He dances northern style fancy dance. “There are two types of Fancy Dance – Northern ...

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Norma Baker Flying Horse Sews It Straight

  Norma Baker Flying Horse Norma Baker Flying Horse is one of the most recognized appliqué designers of the Northern Plains that has represented a tradition that spans back centuries. An enrolled member of the Hidatsa Tribe from the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota as well as the Dakota Sioux Tribe and Assiniboine Tribe, Norma Baker Flying Horse is taking the Powwow Trail and Indian Country by storm with her unique ...

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Steven Daniel Hayes – Native Country Singer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x9Y7ejCVH8 This weeks Feature Native Artist is Steven Daniel Hayes. (Yuki/Blackfeet/Pomo) I found Steven giving a mini concert at a friends birthday party on the Coyote Valley Indian Reservation in Redwood Valley, California.  Steven's voice is very polished and is no stranger to show business. Check out his live interview below! You can find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/steven.hayes.7315 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV6Fc-fzgM0

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Are you the next Miss Native American USA 2016 ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orcb9Lmb9r4 On August 27th, young Native American women will travel across the United States to Arizona for a chance to compete and represent their communities for the title of Miss Native American USA 2016! The #MNAUSA pageant committee is currently accepting applications for candidates. "Miss Native American USA Organization is seeking talented young Native American women across the country to become the next ambassador for their Tribe and all of Native America. Do you have what it takes to represent the crown ...

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Cloth Dancing

Ladies Cloth is a form of Native American women’s dress and dance and has both a Northern and Southern style. The Southern style is danced by the Kiowas, Osage, Ponca, and …

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