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188 dancers turn out for the St. Joseph’s powwow



CHAMBERLAIN – On Sept. 16, St. Joseph’s Indian School held its 41st annual powwow – wacipi – in Chamberlain. Over 180 youth dancers and 13 drum groups competed.

St. Joseph’s Powwow Royalty were crowned Friday. Danielle Running Horse, twelfth grade, was crowned Miss St. Joseph’s and Mersayis Selwyn, fifth grade, was crowned Junior Miss St. Joseph’s. Treshawn Walters, seventh grade, was named Eagle Staff Bearer.

Cultural workshops on Friday provided visitors an opportunity to make their own dreamcatcher, play traditional Lakota games and learn about the medicine wheel. At noon, a ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off tours of St. Joseph’s new Health & Family Services Center. St. Joseph’s students provided tours of their classrooms in the afternoon.

Saturday morning began with tours of students’ campus homes. After a blessing of the powwow grounds, the Grand Entry procession began at noon. The day’s events were capped off with Mass at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel and a traditional meal. Prizes were awarded to top dancers and drum groups.

Powwow results

Teen Boys Traditional
1st Place – Jeshua Estes, Jr.
2nd Place – Carl Estes
3rd Place – Walter Estes

Teen Girls Traditional
1st Place – Serena Eagle
2nd Place – Shyanne Jumping
3rd Place – Mariah Quigley

Teen Boys Fancy
1st Place – Max Sevier
2nd Place – Treshawn Walters

Teen Girls Fancy
1st Place – Lillian Withorn
2nd Place – Samantha Sevier
3rd Place – Josette Pretty
Sounding Flute

Teen Boys Grass
1st Place – Jacob Horse
2nd Place – Talon Red Bird

Teen Girls Jingle
1st Place –Maske Horse Looking Horse
2nd Place – Madison Cotlier
3rd Place – Rhea Joseph

Junior Boys Traditional
1st Place – Hehaka Little
2nd Place – Vincent Bear Heels
3rd Place – Cassius Morrison
4th Place – Sirius Butzin
5th Place – Jaxon End of Horn
6th Place – Jackson Cutt

Junior Girls Traditional
1st Place – Lowan Makes Room
for Them
2nd Place – Olowan Eagleman
3rd Place – Destiny Walking Bull

Junior Boys Fancy
1st Place – Bryan Standing
2nd Place – Uriah Collins
3rd Place – Walter Kills Crow

Junior Girls Fancy
1st Place – Yamni Eagleman
2nd Place – Talia Robertson
3rd Place – Ronessa Sazue
4th Place – Tina Shields
5th Place – Diamond Left Hand
6th Place – Elliana Sitting Eagle

Junior Boys Grass
1st Place – Hoksila Eagleman
2nd Place – Joshua Olson
3rd Place – Delante Charger
4th Place – JC Comes Flying
5th Place – Jeffrey Ferguson
6th Place – Gary Walking Bull

Junior Girls Jingle
1st Place – Skye Horse Looking
2nd Place – Sheresa McCloud
3rd Place – Abby Withorn
4th Place – Jada Cedar Face
5th Place – Diedre Drapeau
6th Place – Precious Cook

Thirteen drum groups participated. Prize winning drums were Red Hand, Bad Nation and Indian Lodge.

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