2015 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

2015 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Posted By Paul G September 3rd, 2014 Last Updated on: April 29th, 2015

2015 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
North America's Largest Pow Wow
April 23-25, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
University of New Mexico – The Pit

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HEAD MAN DANCER: Juaquin Hamilton – Shawnee, OK
HEAD LADY DANCER: Tanksi Clairmont – Denver, CO
HEAD YOUNG MAN: George Gillette – Falls Church, VA
HEAD YOUNG LADY: Victory Randall – Sacramento, CA

NORTHERN DANCE JUDGE: Shirley Hill – Calgary, Alb.
SOUTHERN DANCE JUDGE: Bonnie Monoessy – Fletcher, OK
NORTHERN DRUM JUDGE: Jordan White-Eye – Walpole Island, Ont.

ARENA DIRECTORS: Randy Medicine Bear – Loveland, CO
George “Cricket” Shields – Shawnee, OK
ANNOUNCERS: Sammy “Tonkei” White – Anadarko, OK
Dennis Bowen, Sr. – Tuba City, AZ
Vince Beyl – Bemidji, MN
Ruben Little Head – Happy Flats, MT
(Roving) Jason Whitehouse – Madison Hts, MI
(Roving) Larry Yazzie – Tama, IA

INVITED DRUMS: Young Bear – Mandaree, ND -‘14 No. Champs
Thunder Hill – Weatherford, OK – ‘14 So. Champs
White Fish Bay – White Fish Bay, Ont.
Buc Wild – Chinle, AZ
Iron Boy – Prior Lake, MN

MISS INDIAN WORLD 2014-15: Taylor Thomas – Fort Hall, ID

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31 thoughts on “2015 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

  1. Four words: portable bamboo parquet floors

    It’s Mother Earth – but indoors! for $2000, you store it away and roll it out every year.

  2. GanadoElder says:

    Upon attending the few days at GON, I was dissatisfied with some statements from the MC and singers on words about sex. Almost every statement was directed to that word. Is that what we leave for others is Natives are just easy. The only real thing that was mentioned was by Mr. Shelly on staying married for 50 years to his wife and continue your education. Our people are more than sex objects, We are of beauty, we are to reflect beauty and we are to walk in beauty as a human race.

  3. Hi , i am from Australia and have always loved the Native Indian culture and i have been told in my past life i was a squaw and belonged to a tribe and i went under Hypnosis to be told this and in my heart i have always felt more belonged to an Indian family. i was wondering does anyone out there know of any Native Indians living in Australia now , or that might attend any PowWows here as i would love to attend one. i adore everything about the culture and the love and want to learn more. Can anyone help me ?

  4. jessie says:

    I have a grandson I want to start him with his heritage and he is 2 and I want to him to start to fancy Dane where do I got his regelia

    • Valerie says:

      Jessie: You make the regalia. Not everyone buys their regalia and it is special to have handmade in your own family. You can find instructions all over the internet. Good luck to you.

  5. Blumune says:

    I used to attend the big Powwow in Crow Agency, Montana. It is held for one week the 3rd week of August. Over 1,000 tepees, but lots of tents, campers, everything. Dancing is on ground. As a white person, I love when the announcer says everyone can dance. I have Native Americans in my family. They taught me to dance at this Powwoe. It used to be our traditional time to get together. I miss it.

  6. I’ve been wanting to come to GON for a few years now. My wife is non native(white) and after reading Gillian’s “White Man” comment I’m concerned. Is this view common at GON? Naturally I would be concerned for her safety.

  7. Deeman says:

    It seems like there have been some misunderstandings from both opposing views. Majority of the contest pow wows have Inter-tribal dances at different times throughout the sessions. This particular dance invites everyone(Natives & non-Natives) to dance as they are. That’s why you see people dancing wearing what they came to the pow wow in. It’s a time to dance to the music in however manner it moves you. A pow wow is suppose to be a social gathering. Now go & enjoy yourselves!

  8. Just about the only criticism I can find against rez-style mocks (brain-tanned deer uppers & parfleche/rawhide lowers) is in wet weather, because rawhide soles tend to get real slippery. I’ve busted my a$$ twice in wet weather on rawhide. And I wasn’t juiced up, either. 🙂 Most of my mocks have been plain, without beads. I haven’t worn socks for years and the feet stay clean and healthy, unlike some of my friends who wear socks, boots, and shoes. The indians got it right.

  9. Alamosaurus says:

    Two comments:
    1. Dancing on cement floors is very hard on your feet; cement has no “give”. It is even harder if you are dancing
    in light shoes such as moccasins.
    2. Light flexible shoes such as moccasins are easier to
    dance in than heavy, rigid soled shoes or boots. Even
    sneakers feel a bit “clunky” compared to moccasins unless
    they are the special kind made for dancing.

    • Alamosaurus says:

      3. Dancing barefoot unless you are on a prepared wooden
      floor is dangerous–you can get blisters or floor burns.
      4. Likewise dancing in socks, unless you are dancing on
      carpeting is dangerous because you don’t have any traction
      and can slip and slide all over the place.

    • ‘s O.K., kristal. Thanks for the clarification. All is forgiven & forgotten.

      cheers !!

  10. “… write in on the obvious,” Kristal? … As Richard noted, you obviously don’t even get what this discussion is all about. So I’m not a nice person because I merely stated my preference that Pow Wow dancers perform their traditional dances in traditional clothes? … I’m sure many others feel the same way. American Indians have unique cultures. Their traditional dress (they aren’t “costumes”) is part of their cultures and extensive histories.

    Much of the traditional dress is being lost. Try to find a source of brain-tanned mocks with raw hide (parflesche) soles, sewn with real sinew, at an affordable price, or ANY price. I’ve worn mocks like these these as my everyday shoes for decades because they’re cool in summer, warm in winter, and more comfortable than any machine-made footwear. Their construction methods are being lost. Same for many other items of clothing.

    I happen to respect the native American cultures and lament their dilution. I can’t bear watching the gradual loss. That’s why I will no longer attend Pow Wows where dancers might be wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots. They might as well be wearing double-breasted IBM suits and carrying briefcases. … Sorry if my preference for the traditional offends you.

  11. ..and I am sorry, but every part of my being senses this as disrespectful… AND BTW no fire too….NO FIRE… these are not Pow Wows..they are a charade…

    If it makes any difference, I am from the East Coast… are things different elsewhere?

  12. Allen Thompson says:

    I agree with Clara. I will no longer attend if dancing is done in regular clothes. This ruins the presentations. Preservation of tradition is important. Although not an Indian myself, I greatly respect the traditional Indian way of life and view of the world. Somehow, dancing in a two-piece business suit or cowboy outfit just doesn’t get it. Same for mechanic’s work clothes. … Loin cloths, buckskins, roaches, and beaded brain-tanned moccasins are elegant.

    • Kristal thomas says:

      Why do people have to write in on the obvious Allen? No plain clothes should not be allowed in a ceremonial dance…hello RESPECT for our people, elders and ancestors!!?! And YES we dance on mother earth for that spiritual connection and respect for her…I just dont get it…

    • Kristal thomas says:

      Why do people have to write in on the obvious Allen? No plain clothes should not be allowed in a ceremonial dance…hello RESPECT for our people, elders and ancestors!!?! And YES we dance on mother earth for that spiritual connection and respect for her…I just dont get it..not on concrete…terrible!

      • Yes, Kristal, you obviously don’t get it. Wake up!
        What do you mean, “and YES we dance on mother earth”… every pow wow I have been fortunate to attend has been indoors on concrete floors…….. get real!

    • Gillian says:

      I have to disagree — and u especially find it to be ridiculous that you threaten that you will “no longer attend” if the natives don’t all dress up in their redab costumes for you, white man. News: Indians don’t have to dress in feathers and beaded “mocks” for you , and you don’t get to tell us what to wear just because you have studied our traditions and costumes and have “respect” for our culture. This is 2015 — people wear what they wear — Indians dress just like “regular old Americans” nowadays, did you know that?? Not all Infians can afford beaded costumes and fancy feathers and leather accessories! Lots of is shop at Googwill for YOUR old t-shirts and jeans and we wear them until they are worn threadbare because we can’t afford new clothes or even new used clothes more than once a year. So if webmanage to make it to the Pow wow anyway and we hear the music for open dancing and we feel moved to celebrate our people and our history and our Mother Earth and we want to share our joy with our family by dancing together with our sisters and brothers, with our mothers and fathers, children, cousins, aunties and uncles — whether on grass or sort or cement — all together — are we not allowed to do this because we only have the thin two-button shirt and our one pair of dress pants is a pair of work pants we got at Walmart last winter? Because a white guy who studied my great-grandma’s Weddibg dress thinks we should look like his idea of a traditional INDIAN?? If Ondoabs wear cargo shorts and plaid shorts, that’s what Obdiabs look like. And I realize that the elders may feel strongly about traditional dress, but not all of them do and I think what’s portent ist that we all come together to celebrate our continuing to even EXIST and have any identity at all in this world, in this country that once was ours for free — more important to be together in love and pride and solidarity no matter how we dress than to exclude some from dancing because of how they *don’t* dress! I’d rather spend my money tort to the pow wow and get in and dance barefoot in railroad overalls than spend my money on fancy “authentic beaded mocks” and sit at home because I have no money left to ride the bus to the dance. Sorry if I’ve offende anyone, that was not my intention — I just had to respond because I dont like being told how to act and dress Indian by someone who has never stood where I stand, moccasins or no moccasins.

      • Allen says:

        … Sorry Gillian, I didn’t realize that stating my preference was construed as “telling someone what to wear,” or that saying I likely wouldn’t attend the big gathering was “a threat.” (Getting a little touchy, aren’t we?) … Why can’t we just agree that you do your thing and I’ll do mine. … By the way, It’s interesting that you know this “white guy’s” background. You must have missed the part where I have Comanche on both sides of my parents, and a little bit of Arapaho way back on my paternal grandfather’s side. I wear rez style brain tanned mocks every day because they’re more practical and comfortable than cowboy boots. I’ve worn out more than six pair over the years. … This white guy also buys almost all of his clothes at Goodwill. So feel free to wear whatever you want to wear at pow-wows and I’ll feel free to wear whatever I like to wear at whatever gatherings I chose to attend. There was small one last week at Fredericksburg, TX. … No “threat” intended. … This is no time to start the indian wars all over again. … Peace

        • Allen it’s funny that Gillian can’t aford clothes but can spend money I asum for a smart phone or a computer to leave messages

      • Dee Anderson says:

        Thank you. I agree. what is in one’s heart is important, your respect; your life and family not what one wears or where they participate in their gatherings or pow wows

      • Debra Taylor says:

        Gillian I get what you are saying.I hear you.I am part Cherokee both sides of my family.I was raised the white way but also have learn some of my Cherokee culture.It does not matter what a person has on.It is what is in their heart and what they do.Once a person at a Pow Wow said another person was not a “real” indian because they were dressed to plain, to much white like.I found this very funny.I almost said , and you don’t look white lady cause you don’t have clothes on from the 1800’s either.Whatever will we do if we don’t put the right clothes on? We live in today, not the past.I once hada person ask me if I knew what Idians ate.I said , sure.They eat, spaghetti, meat loaf,beans and steakw/ A-1 sauce.Sometimes pow-wows do feel like a show being put on and there are contests and this is not to be confused with ceremony dance. Also when they say it is inter-tribal, all colors are welcome in the circle and it does’nt matter if they know the steps or not.It is all Brothers and Sisters dancing as one, and the Creator is pleased.To dance from the heart to respect our Mother The Earth and come together is a good thing. When you dance for the creator and you show respect, when you step that foot down with the heartbeat of the drum, it don’t matter one feather what you have on.It is what is in your heart!

      • Candee Hansel says:

        I think they have the Right to Dance in what they can afford .
        I go the powwows to see the Dancers ,Yes I still like the Traditional Regalia but I know that not everyone afford to buy everything make them.Just like I can’t go to every PowWow but I would Love To Because I like the music and dancing

    • Gillian says:

      P.S. Sorry for the mistakes and misspells in my comment before this — the color of the page where the box was for typing comments was dark blue almost black so I couldn’t see most of what I wrote until I pressed the “publish” button and now it’s too late. I know that “Indian” is not spelled “Ondoab” or “Ondiab”! but I couldn’t see that it was typed wrong to correct it in time. Now for some reason the background is changed to red, so I can see it, but it wasn’t before!

  13. Richard says:

    Please, no dances on cement floors. Dance on the ground. Mother feels greater respect when we dance on her ground.

  14. Clara Martinez says:

    To whom it may concern,
    It would be beautiful if dances dress tradional and not let people dance in regular clothing. It just ruins the pow wow.

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