Youth Powwow

At Haskell Nations Indian University in Lawrence, Kan., a group of young American Indians came together to celebrate their culture and heritage through a Powwow. The event included the Four Winds Native Center and the Haskell Intertribal Club that allowed the young kids to perform dances while dressed in their heritage clothes.

While performing at the Powwow, drummers perform traditional beats for native tribes. A Powwow, which literally means “spiritual leader,” is a time for American Indians to dance, sing and honor their culture and heritage.

(Front right) head boy Bryson Whiteshirt, age 11, (front left) head girl Shelby Bointy, age 8, (right center) Haskell Brave Way Benais, (left center) Miss Haskell Kelly Walker. The group opens up the Powwow with a traditional march.

Miss Haskell and the Haskell Brave lead a group of young American Indians through a traditional march.

Micoda “Little Eagle,” age 14, performs a traditional dance. The dance is something that he has been doing since he was seven years old. Through a traditional dance, Micoda “Little Eagle” has eagle feathers that were handed down from his grandfather.

Daniel, age 12, has been dancing since he could walk. He focuses on a fancy dance which brings a lot of energy through movement. As a fancy dancer, Daniel is expected to create a tone through motion.

A group of young American Indian girls from the ages of 12 and younger dance as they try to receive an award for being the best dancer.

The head boy special, like the head girl special, is a dance where all the boys from the ages of 14 and under compete against one another trying to win an award, which could then lead to being the next head boy.

Head boy Bryson Whiteshirt, age 11, started dancing when he was two years old. In order to be a head boy, one must be appointed by a committee for being a good role for other students.


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