Powwow 2018 Calendar
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Since the 1800s, Native American Plains tribes have gathered for powwows to celebrate their rich heritage. The tradition continues with emphasis on spiritual and competitive dances. Photographer Chris Roberts shares the tradition through compelling images. The 2018 Powwow wall calendar captures the energy of powwow dancers who proudly preserve their ancestral traditions.
Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 Powwow wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.5 inches.
Dancers and powwows featured in the 2018 calendar include:
Ardell Scalplock is a respected Canadian Siksika Traditional Dancer. He comes from a long line of dancers and travels the North American powwow circuit every season. Ardell takes meticulous care in painting his face because it adds a distinctive element to his outfit. He is a champion dancer who has won many competitions.
Sharon Roberts, a Chickasaw, is a Southern Traditional Dancer from Oklahoma and the matriarch of a well-known and competitive powwow family whose members all dance, sing, and take part in powwows. She advises, “Love those Special people, and take time to acknowledge them. Show them kindness, and in return you will be blessed.” Sharon is pictured here while attending Rocky Boy’s Memorial Powwow.
Third-generation Fancy Dancer Cactus Runsabove, aNorthern Cheyenne‑White Clay-Red Bottom Assiniboine-Oglala Sioux, is a member of a respected extended powwow family. His grandfather, Bill, composes songs, and his father, Walt, is known for his innovative Fancy Dance moves. Cactus’s Indian name is Grizzly Bear. The medallion he wears represents of the Red Bottom Assiniboine. He lives in Billings, Montana. He is pictured here participating in the University of Montana’s 2016 Kyiyo Powwow.
Lynell Shepherd, a Blackfeet-Crow, is a young and stately Northern Traditional Dancer. She exhibits dignity and grace whenever she dances. “I am a 15-year-old sophomore at Big Sky High School in Missoula. My favorite subject is math. I love school, powwowing, and playing basketball as a stress-reliever. Summertime is great because my family hits the powwow trail, and I make memories competing all over Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Canada. I wear the black hat to honor Piikani women. It signifies that I am also a Piikani woman. My aunt Melissa Weatherwax wears such a hat, and I am keeping this tradition alive.”
Daven Madera, a Colville-Spokane-Blackfeet-Gros Ventre, is a Fancy Dancer. Like many of the dancers featured in this calendar Daven is a member of a large extended and highly respected powwow family. Entire families participate all season on the powwow circuit as dancers, singers, and craftspeople. Daven participates in basketball and baseball and is an accomplished musician, playing bass clarinet, chimes, cello, guitar, and piano. He lives with his family in Inchelium, Washington.
Dottie Pratt (left), a Blackfeet-Cree, is a Fancy Shawl Dancer. “I enjoy doing lots of sewing and beading. I love playing basketball and volleyball. I'm currently pursuing a degree in athletic training and plan to coach our native youth. Something I live by is, always believe in yourself, and never doubt your ability to do anything you choose to pursue.” Ayana Rose (right), a Blackfeet, is wearing Dottie Pratt’s Fancy Shawl outfit. “I am Blackfeet and make my home in Browning, Montana. I usually dance Old Style Jingle. However, when photographed here at the Salish Kootenai College powwow in Pablo, Montana, I switched into one of Dottie’s outfits for a change of pace. I love to play basketball when I’m at home and powwow all over the West on the dance circuit.”
Dakota Traditional Dancer Greg Red Elk is a highly talented artist and painter. During the winter months he lives in Tucson, Arizona. He hits the powwow road in the summer, however, and travels all over the western United States and Canada. In this picture, he was taking part in the 4th of July Celebration in Arlee, Montana.
Kourtnie Gopher, a Blackfeet-Jemez Pueblo, is a Jingle Dress Dancer who has been dancing with her family since she was able to walk. She too comes from a large powwow family, where three generations of Gophers dance and sing on the circuit. “I love basketball, dancing, and working out at the gym. I try to live a healthful lifestyle. Even though I was born in Browning, Montana, I currently reside in Polson and work as a dental assistant for the Flathead tribe. My favorite quote is, ‘You are never wrong to do the right thing.’”
Linda Pete, an Eastern Shawnee, is a Northern Traditional Dancer. Linda is currently the Disabilities Services Coordinator at Salish Kootenai College in Montana. “A favorite quote of mine is from Richard West, ‘There is nothing incompatible between being Indian and being well-educated.’ I am proud to stand alongside my children who have been raised in the dance circle, providing them a cultural grounding and extended family. I love my family more than anything.” ShiNaasha Pete, an Eastern Shawnee, Dine-Navajo, is an Old Style Jingle Dress Dancer. Linda and her daughter ShiNaasha are pictured at the Standing Arrow Powwow. ShiNaasha is a student researcher for indigenous plant restoration. She eventually intends to earn her Ph.D. degree in Botany.
Keno Colby White, a Yakama, is a Contemporary Traditional Dancer. Originally from Toppenish, Washington, Keno works for the Kalispel tribe’s Public Works Department. All season he travels from his home in Usk, Washington, competing, and usually winning, on the powwow circuit. He has a unique outfit and a distinctive style as a Contemporary Traditional. In the off-season, Keno is an avid hunter and fisher. He says, as do many participants, that, “Dancing lifts the soul, buoys a person up, and makes you feel good.”
Thea McCloudis a member of the Dakota Sioux from the Fort Peck Reservation in eastern Montana. “I have been dancing my whole life, since I could walk. I started Fancy, then Jingle, and then, finally, Traditional. I love to travel, and I dance all over the United States all year long. I live in Harrah, Washington, with my husband, Russell, of 20 years and have four children who take part in the powwow world.”
This 2018 calendar is dedicated to the memory of Joseph Mellon. Above all else, Joseph was a good man and my friend. He passed away too early in life, in 2016. Joseph was a U.S. Marine who served in Viet Nam. He used the colors of that service in his beadwork and outfits. He was from Worley, Idaho, and served young people as a respected elder and substance-abuse counselor for the Colville Tribe. May his spirit and smile live on.