July 26th, 2015 Last Updated on: July 26th, 2015
DK:Great to visit with you! Please introduce yourselves to us? What would you like us to know about you?
RA: He hanni waste!! My name is Redcloud Anquoe and I'm from Tulsa, Ok, but currently reside in Claremore, OK. I've been dancing my entire life and grew up around the drum with my dad, Jack Anquoe, Sr. and my brothers, Jackie, Kelly, & Daryl Goodwill, showing me the way. I started dancing competitively at the age of 16 in men's grass and have won at just about every major powwow at least twice, in the U.S. & Canada.
DK: It's a joy to watch you dance! How did you choose your dance style? How did you start dancing?
RA: I chose my dance style based on how much freedom of movement I had, the variety of tempo in the songs being sung, and the outfits just looked more uniform. I began my start with men's grass at WhiteFish Bay powwow, with my brother, the legendary Daryl Goodwill showing me the way & Rhonda White making my first regalia.
DK: What's the most important thing that dancing has taught you? How does dancing influence your life?
RA: The most important things dancing has taught me are to do it to make others feel good and to dance to represent your family and tribe. Dancing has influenced my life by giving me self-esteem, not being afraid of being in front of a crowd, talking to people who have questions about the Indigenous ways of First Nations people, and meeting new people from different countries.
DK: Please tell us about your tribe? What do you think we should know about your people? What are some of your favorite tribal traditions?
RA: I am Kiowa/Lakota/Cherokee. The Kiowa tribe began the gourd dance, The Tone'Kone'Gah warrior society and is known for producing great singers. I am also Oglala Lakota & a descendant of Chief RedCloud through his daughter, Julia Longsoldier. I'd say my favorite tribal traditions are the honoring of the Warrior class, the soldier, the marine, the airmen, the sailor. We still use the same songs just as we did 400 yrs ago. My mom is Cherokee, but because she wanted to be traditional during a time when it wasn't cool to be “Indian” by her own people (1940-1990's), she chose the plains tribal culture over her own.
DK: How would you encourage someone else to start dancing? What would you say makes powwows so powerful?
RA: The ability to dance comes from the heart. Unfortunately, this is something you cannot teach, but I would encourage a person to get out there if they “feel” the drum. The drum or Chun' chay' ga' in Lakota is what holds the spirit that makes powwows so strong. The singing coming from it is what makes the dancers dance & moves the people the same as it has for generations.
DK: Thanks for visiting with us today! I know you are currently accepting new sponsors, students and clients for your dojo! Anything else you'd like us to know about you?
RA: You're welcome!! Always remember that Natives come from all walks of life. I myself am a U.S. Army reservist and teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu at my dojo.
DK: Thank you for your service!
RA: Thank you for asking and it was an honor to be interviewed.
FMI:RedCloud Anquoe, Owner
Anquoe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Monteiro Affiliate
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