Saskatchewan Activist and Powwow Dancer Passes On

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 1st, 2017 Last Updated on: March 1st, 2017

As reported by CBC News and other news outlets, Saskatchewan First Nations activist and champion traditional powwow dancer, Frank Asapace, has passed on at the age of 56. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations released a statement extending their condolences to family and friends of Asapace.

Asapace will be remembered as a kindhearted and loving father of five who never cast judgment on others. He grew up on Kawacatoose First Nation before being sent to the Lebret Residential School.

Asapace was a champion traditional powwow dancer who once performed for Queen Elizabeth II. He participated in a lot of traditional ceremonies, and he was a proud member of the Native American Church. He attended the protest in Standing Rock as a water protector.

He loved the spotlight. In 2008 he appeared in the film the Englishman’s Boy, a CBC adaptation of the Guy Vanderhaeghe novel about the Cypress Hills Massacre. He also worked as a round dance and powwow announcer, alongside AFN Chief and former FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde, and more recently appeared in his powwow regalia in a music video for rapper Joey Stylez.

Always a sociable guy, Asapace made friends wherever he went, and was adopted into a number of families. He brought laughter and good humour, and never dwelled on the negative.

“He always said, ‘Life is precious,’” said Kawacatoose councillor Delmont Asapace, Frank’s nephew. “He made me proud of who I was, and where I came from.”

The wake will take place Wednesday on Kawacatoose First Nation, with the burial service starting Thursday around 10 a.m.

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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.

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Marcel Bull Bear

On to the spirit world, kola have a good journey from the Bull Bear pow-wow family in Kyle SD.

Ronald Runberg

His memory makes me proud. He is with the circle of elders in heaven. Go on brother!

Good Buffalo.

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