Top 15 Most Popular Stories of 2017

Posted By PowWow Articles January 4th, 2018 Last Updated on: January 4th, 2018

Below are the 15 most popular stories published on PowWows.com in 2017!

Standing Rock Anthem Gets MTV Video Music Award Nomination – Vote Now!

Congratulations to Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas! His video for his song “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the ‘Best Fight Against The System' video category.

In case you missed it the first time around, here's the video!

You can vote once per day, per category until the show airs Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Click here to vote!

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Cree Love Song Will Leave You Weak in the Knees

Earl Lambert serenades us with a love song and teaches a few Cree words as well.

Earl is a motivational speaker and storyteller.  Learn more about him!

Hahaha! Awesome job there Earl.

Let us know if any of you guys out there have luck serenading someone with this song.

Earl Lambert Facebook Page

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Watch Northern Cree at the 2017 Grammy Awards

Northern Cree was invited to perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.  The 7 time Grammy nominated group performed on February 12, 2017 as part of the Grammy Pre-Show.

In case you missed it, Northern Cree were invited to perform at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, which took place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. While they did not take home a GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Music Album, they put on one heck of a performance! They were joined onstage by fellow nominee Carla Morrison.

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Tia Wood Wows the Crowd at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Head Lady Dancer Tia Wood sang to the crowd at Gathering of Nations before her special.

We have featured her singing before at Manito Ahbee.  She wowed the crowd in Winnipeg and she did it again today at Gathering of Nations.


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Native Model Named Playmate of the Year – Celebrate or Hate?

Playboy magazine recently named Brook Power their Playmate of the Year for 2017. According to press releases, she is the magazine's first Native American to win the title.

The 27-year-old model from Oahu, Hawaii has modeled for the magazine before, posing as Miss May 2016 during their nudity-free days. But the magazine has started posting nude pictures again as of February of this year.

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2017 Miss Indian World – Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Congratulations to the new Miss Indian World!

Raven Swamp
Kahnawake, Quebec

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Two Spirit Couple Dazzles Powwow Audiences!

This past weekend in Highland, California, the Yuhaaviatam Clan of the Serrano Indians held their annual San Manual Powwow!

Apart of their dance competitions, the San Manual Powwow sponsor a Sweetheart Dance Contest for couples.  The contest offers 10K in prize money for first place!

To be honest, I have my favorite powwow circuit dancers that I like to watch but after watching this past weekends Sweethearts Dance contest, I now have two new favorites! Two Spirit couple Sean Synder (Navajo & Southern Ute) & Adrian Matthias Stevens (Shoshone Bannock, Ute & Apache) of Orem, Utah!

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Family’s Mount Rushmore Photo Goes Viral

When the Internet gets worked up you can bet there will be some entertaining back and forth yelling amongst its users.

Take this recent photo that was posted both on Facebook and Twitter by some self-proclaimed conservatives who added their own captions.

Now this photo got some conservatives riled up, but most people pointed out that this family looked Native, not from another country.

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Tia Wood Red Dress Jingle Special

Head Lady Dancer Tia Wood sponsored a Red Dress Jingle Special at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

The Red Dresses were in honor and to raise awareness for the Indigenous Missing and Murdered Women in Canada.

The sound of several dozen Jingle Dancers moving at the same time was chilling!

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Brooke Simpson Sings a Song for Her Native American Fans And Makes Top 10

Another week and another stirring performance from Brooke Simpson on NBC's The Voice. This week the fans picked “What About Us” by Pink for her to sing and she dedicated it back to her fans. Coach Miley Cyrus also thought it would be great to add drums to the arrangement, a nod to Brooke’s Haliwa-Saponi heritage. “It’s going to be about all the tribes out there that don’t get much attention,” said Cyrus.

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American Girl Doll “Kaya” Captures Authentically Native Culture

The award-winning American Girl Doll line was created by Pleasant Company and features different characters from the history of the USA, including Felicity (a colonial girl from Williamsburg, VA in 1774), Josefina (a Hispanic girl from New Mexico in 1824) and Addy (an African-American girl who fights for freedom from slavery in 1864).

These dolls, with their accompanying books and accessories, offer an interesting and interactive way for children to learn about American history through imagination and play.

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What You Should Know About DNA Testing for Family History Research

There are many potential steps involved in researching your genealogy, especially if you’re starting from scratch. Before you do anything else, it’s of course, best to start with your living family members – gather information from your oral history, and search through their old records and photographs. You may be surprised at how much you can learn this way!

But you might not get all the answers you’re looking for, where do you go next?

Especially for those of us with Indian ancestry, it can be tough tracking down information through written records. The census only dates back so far, and some archives are simply not as well-maintained as others. Thankfully, though, there are other routes you can take for learning about your genealogy, such as DNA testing.

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Prom at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Sonny Littlehead, Head Young Man Dancer, gave up his prom for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

After Grand Entry, the Gathering of Nations turned into a Prom dance floor.  Sonny turned to the Head Young Lady Dancer and asked her to Prom.

The couple then shared their Prom dance with 12,000 of their closest friends here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Pueblos Buffalo Dancers – 2017 Gathering of Nations

The 19 Pueblos tribes of New Mexico came together tonight at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.  The groups came together to dance their Buffalo Dance for the people here at the Pow Wow.  The Pueblos brought the dance to the Pow Wow to honor the Water Protectors from Standing Rock.

PUEBLO BUFFALO DANCE TRIBUTE at the 2017 Gathering of Nations Powwow

A special presentation coordinated by the Gathering of Nations and Emmett Shkeme Garcia and Melissa Sanchez of Emergence Productions.

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First Nation’s Actor Wows Audiences in Wonder Woman

There's been a lot of buzz over the weekend about the latest superhero blockbuster to be released.

DC Comics' Wonder Woman brought in $100 million domestically and $122.5 million internationally, making it the third-highest opening for a film in the DC universe. Also worth mentioning is that director Patty Jenkins now has the highest opening for a female director.

Something else worth noting is that an actor from Blood Tribe in Alberta speaks the Blackfoot language in the movie!

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