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'Fancy' watercolor selected as UTTC Powwow image
24 May 2004

BISMARCK, ND - A watercolor painting of a male powwow fancy dancer taking the last step of a dance is the image that will represent the 35th Annual United Tribes International Powwow in 2004.

'Last Beat of the Drum' watercolor
The image of the 2004 United Tribes International Powwow, "Last Beat of the Drum" shows a male fancy dancer's dramatic last step and respectful bow for the ending of the song.

      The beautifully illustrated piece titled "Last Beat of the Drum," is the work of Alden Archambault, McLaughlin, SD, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

      The image represents the fleeting moment when the last drumbeat ends the song and protocol requires dancers to freeze on their last step in time with the beat.

      The design will appear on over 5,000 posters that promote the powwow, which takes place September 9 - 12 at Lone Star Arena on the college campus in Bismarck.

      Other memorabilia carrying the image include collectors series note cards, coffee cups, T-shirts, sweat shirts, magnets and limited edition collector buttons.

      "Last Beat of the Drum" is the fourth piece of Archambault's artwork to represent the UTTC powwow, the most by any single artist in the powwow's 35-year history. His images were also used in 1997, 1999 and 2002.

Alden Archambault
"Last Beat of the Drum" is the fourth image by Standing Rock artist Alden Archambault to be selected for the United Tribes International Powwow.

      Archambault says he prefers to work in watercolor and printmaking and draws on his experience at traditional dances and powwows. He also does wildlife images.

      Archambault is the winner of numerous awards; his work hangs in many private and corporate collections throughout North America and several foreign countries.

      He received formal training in art and history at Eastern Montana College, Billings, MT.

      In keeping with the Lakota tradition of generosity, Archambault made a significant in-kind contribution to the powwow with his piece, "Last Beat of the Drum." The original watercolor will go into UTTC's collection of American Indian art, some of which is on display at the college's Cultural Interpretive Center.


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