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Scenes from D-Q University’s Annual Veteran’s Pow Wow

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 1st, 2015 Last Updated on: December 1st, 2015

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Founded in 1971, D-Q University was the only tribal college in California and one of the first six tribal colleges and universities in the United States. They hold an annual pow wow on their Davis, CA campus to honor Veterans in the community and our photographer friend Paula Schultz was there to cover the event. As always she captured some great images! Here she is giving us a rundown on the weekend's events:

The Annual Veterans’ Pow Wow was held at DQ University on Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8, 2015 to honor both American Indian and non-Indian Veterans, alike.

The two-day event’s Master of Ceremony was Tom Phillips, of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Host Northern Drum was Iron Lightening and the Host Southern Drum was Southern Express, lead by Tommy Phillips, Jr. Head Dancers: Michael Singh, Head Man, Alexandra Ramirez, Head Lady, Tatanka Horse, Head Teen Boy and Wiconi Horse Head Teen Girl.

The Grand Entry was led in by members of the American Indian Veteran’s Association, bringing in the two Eagle staffs, American flag, California flag, and various armed forces flags. The Vet’s Association is a welcome group that attends all of the Pow Wows and events in the central California area. The group is led by Enrique Rudino and Rea D. Cichocki, and made up of members of American Indian tribe that served in the American Armed Forces.

The day was punctuated with a wide variety of dances, which included the Sneak-up, Round Dances, many Intertribals, Southern 2-step, Elders Men and Women’s demonstration, and special dances for the Tiny Tots in attendance. There were even babies that were recognized during the Tiny Tot’s dance.

As is always a major focus of the Pow Wow, the Veteran’s Roll Call was observed, with many veterans (and family members of those not in attendance) sharing their backgrounds and experiences with the crowd of on-lookers.

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Veteran Rea D. Cichocki

Veteran Rea D. Cichocki

Head Teen Girl dancer, Wiconi Horse and Lucky Preston

Head Teen Girl dancer, Wiconi Horse and Lucky Preston

Head Woman Alexandra Ramirez and Head Man Michael Singh

Head Woman Alexandra Ramirez and Head Man Michael Singh

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Dancer Jazmine Duran

Dancer Jazmine Duran

Host Northern Drum, Iron Lightning

Host Northern Drum, Iron Lightning

Host Southern Drum was Southern Express, lead by Tommy Phillips, Jr.

Host Southern Drum was Southern Express, lead by Tommy Phillips, Jr.

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Dancer Justin Goggles-Keka

Dancer Justin Goggles-Keka

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Dancer Jazelle Duran

Dancer Jazelle Duran

Dancer Marcelino Mora

Dancer Marcelino Mora

Head Boy Teen dancer, Tatanka Horse

Head Boy Teen dancer, Tatanka Horse

MC Tom Phillips

MC Tom Phillips

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Dancer Amelia Henry

Dancer Amelia Henry

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Thanks again for sharing your beautiful photos with us Paula! For more information on Paula Schultz’s photography, you can visit her website at paulasphotoart.smugmug.com.


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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.



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