Top 15 Most Popular Stories of 2015

Posted By Paul G January 6th, 2016 Last Updated on: January 6th, 2016

In 2015 we published over 725 stories on PowWows.com, from Gathering of Nations, mascots, issues, protests, celebrations, sports and more!  We appreciate you reading and sharing these stories!  Look for more great articles in 2016!

Below are the 15 most popular stories published on PowWows.com in 2015!

Beautiful Daughter’s Hand Drum Song Rocks Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

This young lady started singing and the entire audience at Gathering of Nations fell silent to hear her song!

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Ireland Pays Tribute to Choctaw Nation’s Kindness

As reported by Ireland Calling, city officials in Cork, Ireland were looking for a unique way to mark the Choctaw Nation’s generosity and kindness during a dark period of Ireland’s history: The Great Irish Famine. Approximately one million people died of disease and starvation, and another million were forced to leave Ireland in order to survive. Even though the Choctaw Nation had suffered their own tragedy, by being removed from their homelands, they felt the need to help out the Irish. The Choctaw raised a total of $170 which would be the equivalent of $71,000 today.

Joe McCarthy, East Cork’s municipal district officer, explained the reason for the project to the Irish Examiner: “These people were still recovering from their own injustice. They put their hands in their pockets and they helped strangers. It’s rare to see such generosity. It had to be acknowledged.”

Of course the acknowledgement could not be small in stature. Officials chose a unique idea from sculptor Alex Pentek to pay homage to the Choctaw. See the artist’s rendering below of the Kindred Spirits sculpture.

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8 Year Old Peyton White Buffalo Wows The Crowd At Gathering of Nations

Peyton White Buffalo amazed the crowd during the George Gillette’s Special. After his spotlight dance, the crowd overwhelmingly voted for Peyton to win the special!

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Congratulations! Enoch Cree Nation Woman Wins Mrs. Universe!

If you didn’t already have one, here she is, your new #wcw (woman crush wednesday)!

Ashley Callingbull (married name Burnham) has been a regular in the beauty pageant scene for some time now. She was the only First Nations contestant in the 2010 Miss Canada pageant and was recently a finalist in the 2013 Miss Canada pageant. Last week she made history by becoming the first Canadian AND the first First Nations woman to win the title of Mrs. Universe. Not to be confused with Miss Universe, Mrs. Universe is an international contest for married women.

According to our rules she must age 25 to 45, to have family, her own career and to be involved with a significant cause in favour of other people.

In an interview with CTVNews, she said she was drawn to this competition because of their focus on domestic violence this year.

“I thought, this is a perfect platform for me because I’m relatable to people, I’ve experienced this myself and I’m able to speak about it,” she said. “I’m glad I’m able to use this title as a way to speak for others that can’t speak for themselves.”

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Heartbreaking: Native Murals Defaced

As reported by Seattle Times, these beautiful murals created by Andrew Morrison (Apache/Haida) were defaced over the weekend. Judging from the photograph it looks like the vandal might have used a super-soaker or rigged extinguisher to spray their name on the wall or “drip tag”. I’ve seen quite a few of these tags on walls here in Chicago and the result to me has always been ugly. Especially when the picture beneath the tag is honoring some pretty important Natives.

The eight murals — which are visible from blocks away — include 25-foot-tall black, white and gray portraits of Chief Seattle, Sitting Bull and other historic figures from local Native American communities.

The portraits, which are painted on the outside walls of Seattle Public Schools’ Wilson-Pacific School campus — once home to the Indian Heritage Middle College — are among just a few notable examples of local public art honoring Native Americans.

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10 Times Spike Draper’s Dancing Left Us in Awe

All throughout Indian Country everyone is mourning the loss of a great dancer, Spike Draper. A lot of people have been turning to social media to share their condolences with the family and share their favorite photos and stories of Spike.

I went through YouTube and found some great footage of Spike dancing through the years. Here are some highlights for you to enjoy.

Fancy Feather Spotlight at 2014 Red Mountain Eagle Powwow in Scottsdale, AZ:

North vs. South Men’s Fancy Special at 2010 Rocky Boy Pow Wow in Montana:

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Making Regalia – Straight Dress Making

On this episode of Making Regalia with Juaquin Lonelodge, he has special guest Terra Houska. Terra introduces viewers to the fundamentals of straight dress making. The follow-up episode will show Juaquin and Terra constructing all the pieces in sequence. Stay tuned for that one!

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Make sure you follow Making Regalia on Facebook for more helpful tips and suggestions. And as always, thanks to Cheyenne and Arapaho Television- CATV47 for providing the platform to share culture and knowledge!

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2015 Miss Indian World – Cheyenne Brady

Your new Miss Indian World

Cheyenne Brady

Sac and Fox / Cheyenne / Tonkawa

Newtown, ND

Watch the crowning video!

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Outside Land Music Festival Bans Girl With Native American Headdress

Finally ….!!

This afternoon I picked up an issue of the SF Weekly (a San Francisco based publication) and to my surprise I found something really cool, it was a note from the Outside Lands Music Festival committee letting there festival attendees know that, “Girl With Native American Headdress” , aren’t welcome to their event! Here’s what it read:

“You are a person who enjoys wearing Native American headdresses to music festivals. You are horribly uneducated about actual Native American culture and apparently have no shame. Don’t Come”

How amazing is that? It’s nice to know there are some groups out there listening.

The Outside Lands Music Festival is a major 3 day music event held inside the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, California. www.sfoutsidelands.com

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2 Year Old Future Champion Dancer

During the Leech Lake Headstart Pow Wow, this little guy jammed to a Sneak Up!

Traditional dancers need to watch out for this guy! He’ll be winning championships soon!

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Prom Time – Native Style!

It’s that time of year again – school is winding down and the kids are starting to think about upcoming graduation ceremonies. But not before one of the most important teenager rites of passage, prom! Check out how these Iowa kids from Meskwaki High School incorporated their Native roots into their prom. Pow wow time!

And this photo comes to us from Kathleen Hughes, a Dodson School Educator and Photographer from Montana.

“One of our seniors and her aunt made her dress and jointly, though mostly her, beaded jewelry and additional decorations on her dress and her date’s vest.”

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Miss Manito Abee Sings “At Last”

Miss Manito Ahbee – Tia Wood sang the classic “At Last”!


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President Barack Obama Addresses the 2015 Gathering of Nations

President Barack Obama spent a special message to the 2015 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

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David Guetta Offends More Than Our Ears This Time

Just when I thought I couldn’t loathe David Guetta any more than I currently do…

In case you’re unfamiliar with this guy, let me fill you in. Guetta is a French DJ and producer who has worked with pop stars like Lady Gaga, Rhianna and has produced various pop songs which somehow rise to the top of the dance charts. This music is not my cup of tea, but the kids these days like it. Shrug. Anyway, Guetta has a series of parties at Pacha nightclub in Ibiza, Spain called “F*** Me I’m Famous”. Classy right? Well if the music didn’t offend you, check out how he recently promoted his club night. Cultural Appropriation!

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Rest In Peace – Spike Draper

Indian Country mourns the loss of a Pow Wow Champion Spike Draper.

Spike Draper passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the LDS Church in Kirtland, New Mexico at 10:00 am.

Flowers can be sent to Cope Memorial Funeral Home in Kirtland, New Mexico.

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