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Powwow feature is South American music
26 July 2011

POWWOW DESIGN: The art work, “Kit Fox Society Warrior,” by Wallace “Butch” Thunder Hawk Jr., is the image on the 2011 United Tribes International Powwow poster. The work will adorn wearable and collectible items for sale at the event.

BISMARCK (UTN) - Musicians and dancers from Ecuador will appear during the 2011 United Tribes International Powwow. The group Chayag will perform music of the Andes and demonstrate the dances of their heritage. The South American visitors are the featured cultural group of the annual event set for September 8-11, the weekend after Labor Day, on the campus of United Tribes Technical College.

      Chayag’s traditional music flavor will add to the flourish of North American tribal music and culture during the contest powwow, now in its 42nd year. Providing the action are tribal dancers and drum groups who gather in Lone Star Arena, the college’s dance arbor. Upwards of 1,000 participants compete for over $84,000 in prize money.

      In April, the powwow was listed by USA TODAY among the top “ten great places to be wowed by American Indian culture.” Spectators from all backgrounds are welcomed to join the circle – from the community, around the country and abroad – to share the traditions of one of North Dakota’s premier cultural events.


      The powwow begins with the first Grand Entry at Lone Star Arena, in the center of campus, on Thursday, September 8 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. A $20 entrance fee guarantees admission to all dance and drum competitions for the four days. Daily admission is $12.  Seniors (65 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free. Group rates (10 or more) contact Ella Duran 701-255-3285 x 1214, eduran@uttc.edu.

      Camping space is available free of charge on the United Tribes campus, with round-the-clock security and access to facilities. No drugs or alcohol allowed and no pets.


      Known as “Home of the Champions,” the United Tribes International Powwow is the season’s last, large outdoor powwow on the northern Great Plains circuit. Awards for champion dancers and drum groups are announced early Sunday evening, September 11, following a free buffalo meal for all dancers, singers and visitors. 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.


Wallace “Butch” Thunder Hawk Jr.

      United Tribes is honored to feature artwork by a well-known and respected member of the college faculty on the 2011 powwow poster. It is a piece titled “Kit Fox Society Warrior” by Wallace "Butch" Thunder Hawk Jr. The design is a colored-pencil drawing on ledger paper depicting two figures in traditional regalia facing each other and flanking an eagle feather. Kit Fox is the name of a Lakota society of men who served in battle and guarded over the tribe.

      Thunder Hawk (Hunkpapa Lakota) grew up at Cannonball, ND on Standing Rock. He teaches traditional and contemporary arts at UTTC and is a recognized scholar on Native American arts and traditions. He has been with the college for 38 years. The last time a piece of his artwork was used for the powwow poster was in the early 1980s. The original “Kit Fox Society Warrior” design is part of the United Tribes collection of American Indian art.


      Each year the United Tribes International Powwow hosts and features an indigenous cultural group. For 2011 the group is Chayag, bringing a lively style of music rooted in the traditions of the Andes Mountains in South America. Chayag (pronounced CHU-YEG), and meaning “someone who arrives,” is a world music group originally from Ecuador, now based in Otter Rock, Oregon. For more than 20 years the group has shared its sound around the world at festivals celebrating peace and multiculturalism. Their music is played on authentic instruments, including the ten string lute, Andean drum, Native South American Flutes, and the guitar. Their entertaining performances include stories of the traditions and culture of the Andes. The program is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The group’s music can be easily sampled online.

      Chayag performances are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10 and a 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 in Lone Star Arena. The group will also perform during Youth Day on Friday morning, September 9 and will appear in the powwow grand entries and the Parade of Champions.

      Chayag’s visit to Bismarck is made possible by Tesoro Mandan Refinery, Westcon Industries, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Image Printing, Advanced Business Methods, Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit, and United Tribes Technical College.


      Positioned in a ring surrounding the dance arbor, powwow circuit vendors create a lively atmosphere catering to the needs of tribal artisans and smart shoppers. Everything can be found from hides and antlers, to beads, finished clothing, bumper and window stickers and powwow collectibles. A food court offers a wide variety, from oriental and barbeque cuisine to the ever-popular ‘Indian Taco.’

      More information: Valerie Whitman or Red Koch, 701-255-3285 x 1301, vwhitman@uttc.edu.


      Young American Indian women who know their culture are invited to participate in the Miss Indian Nations scholarship pageant. The event is set for September 7 to 10 during the powwow. The event is a scholarship program for single, non-parent American Indian women age 17 and 25 who can demonstrate their command of tribal values, customs and teachings.

      More information: Sharon Clairmont , 701-255-3285 x 1499, sclairmont@uttc.edu.


      School classes and groups are invited to Youth Day at the Powwow. The music and cultural event is an entertainment and learning opportunity. 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 9 and runs through the morning. School groups are admitted free of charge.

      More information: Bernadette Dauenhauer, 701-255-3285 x 1514, bdauenhauer@uttc.edu.


      The United Tribes “Parade of Champions,” is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 through downtown Bismarck, featuring dancers, singers, tribal groups attending the powwow, tribal leaders, and groups from the community. Cash prizes are awarded in four categories of judging.

      More information: Michelle West, 701-255-3285 x 1355, mfox@uttc.edu.


      The fifteenth annual Tribal Leaders Summit takes place September 7-9 at the Bismarck Civic Center. Tribal, federal and state officials discuss current Indian Country issues and attend a trade fair.

      More information: Tiffany Hodge, 701-255-3285 x 1482, thodge@uttc.edu


      Several sporting events are offered in conjunction with the powwow. A benefit golf tournament, “Teeing Off for Academic Success,” is set for Friday, September 9 at Apple Creek Country Club east of Bismarck. A softball tournament for both women and men takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11. Winning teams earn jackets and special awards are presented. Three-on-three basketball and a 10K and 5K run walk are also scheduled.

      More information:
      Golf: Brad Hawk 701-255-3285 x 1387, bhawk@uttc.edu.
      Softball: Debbie Painte: 701-255-3285 x 1232, dpainte@uttc.edu
      Basketball: Daryl Bears Tail, 701-255-3285 x 1391, dbearstail@uttc.edu
      Run/Walk: Daryl Bears Tail, 701-255-3285 x 1391, dbearstail@uttc.edu


      United Tribes honors you with the cultural tradition of a buffalo feed Sunday, September 11. All dancers, singers and visitors are invited free of charge. Serving takes place in the mid-to-late afternoon outside the United Tribes Cafeteria and will be announced.


      Masters of Ceremonies: Ruben Little Head and Butch Felix. Arena Director: Anthony Kills Crow. Head Singing Judge: Patrick L. Moore. Head Men’s Dance Judge: Rusty Gillette, (Three Affiliated). Head Women’s Dance Judge: Willow Abrahamson. Ground Blessing: Marcel Bull Bear (Oglala Tribe).


      David M. Gipp, College President; Wallace “Butch” Thunderhawk, Committee Advisor; Tom Red Bird, Cultural Advisor; Ella Duran, Treasurer; Debbie Painte, Secretary.


      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.uttc.edu.






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