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Ledger art selected for powwow poster
9 June 2009

BISMARCK (UTN) - A work of contemporary ledger art has been selected to represent the 40th Annual United Tribes International Powwow. “We Protect our Families” is a work by artist Tom Haukaas (Rosebud Lakota).

      “We Protect our Families” depicts two armed warriors fleeing on horseback after rescuing a third companion. One warrior balances himself on his surging mount to fire his rifle at a threat behind.

The art work, “We Protect our Families,” by Tom Red Owl Haukaas (Rosebud Lakota), is the image on the 2009 United Tribes International Powwow poster. The work will adorn wearable and collectible items for sale at the event.

      Ledger drawing was common among Lakota and other tribes on the Great Plains in the latter part of the 1800s. Drawn on the lined pages of accounting books, the images usually revolved around battle showing individual achievement. The style was revived in the 1980s as an art form by contemporary American Indian artists that include Haukaas.

      Dr. Tom Haukaas is a scholar and psychiatrist as well as artist; he resides in Florida. His work is included in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. His work has been on display at the Price Dewey Gallery, the Institute of American Indian Art, both in Santa Fe, and the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.

Artist Tom Haukaas

       “We Protect our Families” was drawn by Haukaas in the late 1980s. The original resides in the United Tribes art collection. As designed, the work makes the powwow poster an unusual horizontal image. The work will adorn wearable and collectible items used to promote the 40th anniversary event.

      Known as “Home of the Champions,” the United Tribes International Powwow takes place the weekend after Labor Day, September 10 – 13, 2009 on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. It has been held annually since 1969. The event offers $80,000 in prize money for dancers and drum groups, and a vibrant display of American Indian culture for spectators. ‘Tribes’ is the summer’s last, large outdoor powwow on the northern Great Plains. In recent years it has attracted upwards of 800 dancers, and more than two-dozen drum groups.


       The powwow begins with the first Grand Entry at Lone Star Arena, in the center of campus, on Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m.  Subsequent Grand Entries are held Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Central Time), and Sunday at 11 a.m. It concludes with awards for champion dancers and drum groups on Sunday evening, September 13, following a free buffalo meal for all dancers, singers and visitors. All first place winners receive Jackets, gold medals and cash. Second through fifth place winners receive medals and cash. The first 25 drums are paid; tiny tot dancers earn day money. A $20 entrance fee guarantees admission to all dance and drum competitions for the four days. Daily admission is $12.  Elders (64 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free. There are no advance admission sales.


       Young American Indian women who know their culture are invited to participate in the Miss Indian Nations scholarship pageant. The 17th annual event is set for September 9 to 12 during the powwow. The event is a scholarship program for single, non-parent American Indian women between age 17 and 25 who can demonstrate their command of tribal values, customs and teachings.


      School classes and groups are invited to Youth Day at the powwow. The music and cultural event is a learning opportunity about Native culture. Included are presentations, music, dancing, and a performance by the powwow’s featured cultural group. Youth Day begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 11 and runs through the morning. School groups are admitted free of charge.


       The thirteenth annual United Tribes Intertribal Council Summit meeting takes place September 9-10, prior to the powwow, at the Bismarck Civic Center. Tribal, federal and state officials discuss current Indian Country issues and attend a trade fair.


      Two sporting events associated with the powwow are a benefit golf tournament on Thursday, September 10 at Apple Creek Country Club and a softball tournament September 12-13 for both women and men’s teams.


       For more information about the powwow and associated events contact Sandy Erickson, serickson@uttc.edu, 701-255-3285 x 1293, FAX 701-530-0633, or visit www.unitedtribespowwow.com.


United Tribes International Powwow Head Staff

Announcers: Butch Felix, Corky Old Horn and Jim Clairmont
Arena Director: Michael Roberts
Singing Judge: Kenny Pratt, Sr.
Head Woman Judge: Stephanie Charging Eagle
Head Man Judge: Lakota Clairmont
Ground Blessing: Marcel Bull Bear

United Tribes Powwow Committee
David M. Gipp, College President; Dr. Harriett Skye, Adviser; Tom Red Bird and Karen Paetz, Co-Chairs; Debbie Painte, Secretary; Shannon Medicine Horse, Jen Janecek-Hartman, Bernadette Dauenhauer, Sandy Erickson, Bud Anderson, Red Koch, James Red Tomahawk, Wayne Campbell, Lorraine Davis, Bernard Strikes Enemy, Gary Snider, Francis Azure Jr.