10 Times Spike Draper’s Dancing Left Us in Awe

10 Times Spike Draper’s Dancing Left Us in Awe

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 19th, 2015 Last Updated on: July 24th, 2018

All throughout Indian Country everyone is mourning the loss of a great dancer, Spike Draper. A lot of people have been turning to social media to share their condolences with the family and share their favorite photos and stories of Spike.

I went through YouTube and found some great footage of Spike dancing through the years. Here are some highlights for you to enjoy.

Fancy Feather Spotlight at 2014 Red Mountain Eagle Powwow in Scottsdale, AZ:





North vs. South Men's Fancy Special at 2010 Rocky Boy Pow Wow in Montana:



Fancy Feather Special at Fort Yuma Powwow 2015 Winterhaven, CA:

Men's Fancy Top 3 at 2014 Pala Powwow in in California:



Eric Bird Special at 2014 Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM:



Fancy Warrior Tournament at 2011 SOBOBA Powwow in San Jacinto, CA:

Kenny Pratt's Top 5 Mens Fancy Special at 2012 Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM:

Men's Fancy Dance Contest at Diné College Pow Wow in Tsaile, AZ:

Ty Johnson vs Isaiah Bob vs Spike Draper at 2013 Pala Pow Wow in California:

Men's Senior Fancy at 2014 Pala Pow Wow in California:

I see that a lot of folks are leaving their condolences in the comments section of these videos too. He has definitely touched a lot of lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his extended family and friends.

10 TIMES SPIKE DRAPER’S DANCING LEFT US IN AWE


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



11 thoughts on “10 Times Spike Draper’s Dancing Left Us in Awe

  1. Marina allison says:

    He was a legend of my travels and to be his friend. And his cousin Alden Johnson passing was heart breaking too!! At the Crow fair. He then honored Alden Johnson at the powwow. I too was sad to hear of his cousin passing they both traveled throughout the powwow trails. Being Miss Black Hills nations 1995′ &1996 i met them in Connecticut powwow and invited them to my Crown give away!!! They came and ever since he has been at the Black hills powwow. Rest in peace Alden Johnson and Spike Draper. I will never forget you and i will always talk about how much fun you guys where!!!! Mis you! !!

  2. Melvin John says:

    When I danced Fancy so many years ago Spike Draper was just a young and up coming dancer and the way his dance was so enlightening and fresh to watch. His family would come all the way to Canada from Farmington New Mexico to our Reserve. It was a treat to see his Southern moves and later mastered Northern Style. Yah I will miss his style of dance moves and wishing he travels safe to big Pow Wow in the Sky at the Spot Light Special.

  3. Catheriné von Heeren says:

    may he dance together with Sun Moon and Stars forever – RIP

  4. RIP-“SPIKE DRAPER” will Miss you<3
    You are MY favorite FancyDancer I've watched all ur dances on video.i will CHERISH them FOREVER…..
    My Condolences and Prayers to the Draper Family and His Friends..<3<3<3

  5. Cheryl Windy Boy says:

    Sending condolences to the family of Spike Draper. Spike was the best Men’s Fancy Dancer that I’ve ever seen…I loved watching him dance. I was so shocked and still can not believe he is gone. Pow-wows will not definately be the same without him being there.
    Rest in Peace Spike.

    Cheryl Windy Boy
    Rocky Boy, MT

  6. Elusive Wolf Fogarty says:

    Prayers lifted for those who love Spike….
    May his journey into the next world be swift and safe.
    Rest in Peace Brother.

  7. sandra savellis says:

    Watching Spike Draper dance has been a real pleasure for me. I am from the UK and am always looking up history of Native Americans. I love the culture and the people very much. My prayers and love go to his family and friends at this very sad time. R.I.P Spike, you are now with your ancestors and back with the creator

  8. Louise Parson says:

    these guys remind me of Johnny Skywalker(if memory serves me right). saw him about 50 yrs ago in Anadarko, OK. love watching all your videos…thanks for posting..

  9. Judy Spaulding says:

    Going to miss Spike at Gathering of Nations in Albuq. N>M>
    RIP Judy White Oak Shawnee….

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