December 27th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 6th, 2015
This year we've had some incredible stories on PowWows.com! Thanks to everyone for reading and sharing them. We hope to bring you even more in 2015!
We are counting down the most top 15 most popular stories for 2014!
A Republican county official in Michigan is in hot water after making racial comments about Detroit, including the idea that the city should be turned into a detention center for “all the Indians.”
In a recent interview for a profile by The New Yorker titled “Drop Dead, Detroit!” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson admitted, “Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough sh*t.”
With the help of the Gathering of Nations and the Women’s Warriors, we all got to witness a very special homecoming.
Captain Jukari Davis surprised his family and friends today!
You may have already seen the videos shared online on various YouTube and Facebook pages. A grizzly bear dancer dancing at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Pow Wow.
Either way the dance was absolutely mesmerizing. I don’t know about you, but I had never seen anything like it in my neck of the woods and was wondering a little bit more about the dance and its origins. I reached out to the dancer in the videos and she was willing to share her story as possibly one of the only female Grizzly Bear dancers in the world. Below is a little bit more about her journey.
Pass the Frybread! We serve frybread in place of dinner rolls at Thanksgiving Dinner. We also enjoy it as a dessert, topped with powdered sugar. It’s not pre-contact food, but it’s delicious at powwows as an NDN Taco, topped with cheese,meat,beans,lettuce and tomatoes. We usually make healthy choices, so we can enjoy frybread as a treat!
#11 – Duck Dynasty on the Drum
You never know who you’ll see at a Pow Wow!
Watch the video below to see Goodwin and Si from Duck Dynasty join in on an intertribal!
This one is an oldie but a goodie. This video came out two years ago but it keeps popping up in my newsfeed from time to time so I wanted to make sure you guys have seen it too. The video is for dubstep artist Skrillex’s collaboration with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, “Make it Bun Dem”. The video features a Native American family facing eviction from their house. You’ll just have to watch the video to see how they handle the situation.
This video comes from YouTube User Alex Copenace. As the story goes, they were passing by a man practicing Tai Chi in the park.
When we approached this guy he was standing in a meditation pose. I asked him what he was doing and he said “I’m about to balance my chi.” So I said “Would you like some help from some aboriginal chi?” and he said “sure”. This is what transpired. The way he got into it was like the music was flowing through his veins and there was a almost spiritual bond.
#8 – Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Partnering with Sioux & Assiniboine Tribes
Native News Online reports that Brad Pitt’s Make it Right non-profit foundation will be partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation.
From Make it Right’s website:
This year we will build the first twenty Cradle to Cradle-inspired, LEED Platinum homes for tribal members in need of housing. Currently, more than 600 people are waiting for homes.
#7 – How To Do Threadwork on Feathers
After many requests, I’m finally getting around to a tutorial on threadwork….flat style (not stacked).
- Something to wrap…feather quill, dowel rod, etc.
- Thread…I love Sulky brand rayon sewing/embroidery machine thread
- Scissors…small and SHARP!!!
- Glue…whatever you like…I like Aleens Tacky Glue…dries clear and flexible…washes off fingers easily!
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Pencil or pen…I like Micron pens (indelible ink, super tiny point)
#6 – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
The Halloween candy is almost gone, the daylight hours are slowly shrinking and the weather has cooled off (a little too much for us in the North!). That means the holiday season is close by and you’re going to be scrambling for some unique gifts for your family members. Luckily I’ve scoured the Internet looking for cool, fun and Native gifts for the whole gang.
If you’re traveling to grandma’s house you know you’re going to need some food to share with all your cousins. Come prepared with these food gifts from Red Lake Nation Foods in Minnesota.
#5 – Cherokee Dancer Dies In Tragic Accident
The Chatanooga Times Free Press reports that Scott Crisp, a well-known Cherokee dancer, has been killed in an electrocution accident. The 45-year-old was a widely-known traditional dancer, storyteller and Cherokee historian.
#4 – Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home First Day of School For Having Long Hair
“Malachi was excited to start school all summer long. After we had enrolled him he was excited, everyday it was the question, ‘mom are we going to school?’” said Malachi’s mother, April Wilson.
Excited about his first day of school, Malachi walked into the doors of F.J. Young Elementary only to be told he couldn’t attend because his hair was too long.
A light-hearted dance battle broke at “Tekcno Pow Wow III” between three dance troupes. Seen in this video are members of the Ko Ngati Hiona Maori Culture Group of Salt Lake City, UT, Rocky Mountain American Indian Dance Group of Denver, CO and The Soul Mechanics Krew of Colorado Springs, CO. The event took place at the University of Wyoming this past Spring and the University of Wyoming Television crew was there to film the event.
Take a look below and tell me who you think won the dance battle!
Preston and Niizhoo Sullivan sang the Flag Song at the White House today! We’ve featured Niizhoo several times on PowWows.com. Today’s audience including representatives from hundreds of tribes and President Obama.
Watch the video of these two sing for our tribal leaders.
The 29th Annual Iowa Tribal Powwow took place in Perkins, Oklahoma the weekend of June 20th-22nd. Hugh Foley attended the pow wow and captured this video of Lance Corporal Trey Iron dancing in his dress blues uniform.
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