Dance Descriptions- 2012 TPPW Winners

Below is an explanation of each dance competition category, followed by some general guidelines when attending Taos Pueblo Pow Wow.  While these dances have a religious connotation for some, the dances you will see during the pow wow weekend are not ceremonial.

DRUM GROUPS & SINGERS
Drum groups consist of 5 to even 20 singers per drum. These drum groups are divided by a certain way of singing: Northern or Southern style. The Northern style is comprised of a higher pitched singing and the Southern style is more plaintive and lower in pitch. The drum groups and the songs they compose have quite a following on the pow wow trail and among Indian peoples. It is quite common for a drum group to have numerous fans and recordings of their songs.

GOURD DANCE
The gourd dance is Kiowa in origin and was originally danced by an organization of revered men of warriors, those in the military and their families. Kiowa men wear blankets and women wear shawls of red and blue material during the dance. Red commemorates the Kiowas at war against the Spanish and the blue against the US Calvary. This dance is not part of the competition and is typically the prelude to the pow wow dance competition. The songs of the gourd dance are very similar to those of the Southern singing style.

GRASS DANCE
The men’s category 0f Grass Dance most likely originated from the tribes of the Mandan, Arikara, & Hidatsa, to name just a few. One legend says that a young man once longed to dance but was unable to because he was lame in one foot. This longing brought him out onto the prairie where he prayed as he limped up a small hill. When he reached the top, it came to him that he should develop his own style of dance. Looking at the swooping grasses below, he realized that this could be his dance. The Grass Dancer wears strands of colorful yarn or ribbon hanging from their arms and waist to represent grass as seen by that young man. Their graceful movements are meant to replicate the gently swaying prairie grasses.

Fancy Dance contestant in red

MEN’S FANCY DANCE
These energetic dancers can be recognized by the large double feather bustles worn on their backs. The fancy dancer typically wears a colorful cape and apron trimmed with fringes and beadwork. Fancy Dancers are the most athletic and coordinated of dancers. The fancy dance is exciting to see & hear because of its high energy and elaborate foot work.

 

NORTHERN TRADITIONAL
Northern traditional dancers are men that wear full feather bustles on their back that typically come from an eagle or some other bird of prey. On their head, there is either a roach made of porcupine quills and/or deer tail hair or a feather headdress. These dancers carry staffs and shields as they represent the older style of dances of their fathers and grandfathers from the Northern Plains.dress

SOUTHERN TRADITIONAL
The “Gentlemen” Dancers as they are sometimes referred to, can be recognized by their highly articulated dance moves. Their dress style includes ribbon work, cotton or buckskin leggings, breech cloth, and an otter tail that hangs down their back. Southern Straight dancers wear an otter cap or roach on their head and carry a beaded dance stick or fan.

Tradtional clothTRADITIONAL BUCKSKIN
The oldest form of women’s dance is Traditional Buckskin. Their outfit is comprised of hand crafted buckskin dresses decorated with intricate beadwork designs that take hours or even years to make. The Northern style dress is exemplified by a fully beaded cape that is worn on the shoulders. The Southern style dress use beadwork to accentuate the buckskin. A fringed shawl is typically draped over one arm and there is a large feather fan in one hand. The subtle movements of the dancer are at once elegant and striking. 

girl's cloth danceWOMEN’S CLOTH
The women’s cloth dress is much like the traditional buckskin, but made with fine materials and ribbon work. The footwork of the women’s cloth category is deliberate and graceful.

 

  

WOMEN’S FANCY SHAWL
This energetic and athletic women’s dance is typified by the elaborately beaded capes, moccasins, and leggings. These are complemented by intricately embroidered or decorated fringed shawls. The color coordinated outfits accentuate the dancers spinning and high stepping dance moves of her category.

Women's Jingle DressWOMEN’S JINGLE DRESS
Much like the men’s Grass Dance, this dance is defined by legend.
According to the Chippewa tribe, an elderly man was close to death & dreamed of his daughter clothed in a dress he had never seen before. The Spirits explained to him how to make the metal cones to be sewn on the cloth.
Then he dreamed his daughter and three friends danced in their jingle dresses. He liked the sight and sound. After a miraculous recovery, the old man instructed his daughter and her friends to make the special dresses. The lyrical Jingle Dress Dance was born. There are two distinct styles of the Jingle Dress Dance: the ‘straight’ & ‘side step’ styles.

 

To see larger images of these dancers, click here.

2012 TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW WINNERS:

2012 WINNERS:
JR GIRLS JINGLE:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 143 390 NANABAH KADENEHII GARDEN GROVE, CA DINE’
2 145 395 TEIYANNA BECENTI FARMINGTON, NM DINE’
1 153 435 SUMMER TENEQUER LARSON CROWNPOINT, NM COMANCHE/DINE’

JR GIRLS FANCY:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 168 410 LILY RANKOVA MISSOULA, MT BLOOD
2 172 415 SUNSHINE EATON TESUQUE, NM TESUQUE/LAGUNA
1 162 465 STAR HER MANY HORSES DENVER, CO LAKOTA/CHEYENNE/TAOS

JR GIRLS TRADITIONAL:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 184 391 JOLEECE PECORE STEVENS POINT, WI HO-CHUNK/MOHICAN
2 186 394 MARIE LOVATO MESA, AZ SIOUX/PUEBLO
1 182 450 JAYLA IRON FT. COLLINS, CO CHEYENNE/CROW/OGLALA/PAWNEE

JR BOYS FANCY:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 201 310 DEVYN BECENTI KIRTLAND, NM NAVAJO
2 200 390 BAAC GARCIA GARDEN GROVE, CA TOHONO OODHAM
1 203 `520 KYCE IRON FT. COLLINS,CO PAWNEE/CROW/OGLALA/SO.CHEYENNE

JR BOYS GRASS:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 222 340 DEMETRE KEETO SHIPROCK, NM DINE
2 226 350 LEILYND YAZZIE BLOOMFIELD,NM DINE
1 224 425 JAMES RAY EAGLESTAR PHOENIX, NM PUEBLO

JR BOYS TRADITIONAL:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 244 305 LANCE CASTILLO CUBA, NM DINE’
2 241 330 KESHAUN BEGAY SHIPROCK,NM DINE’
1 249 365 TAYAN BENSON GALLUP. NM DINE’/LAKOTA


TEEN GIRLS JINGLE:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 266 350 SHOSHAWNNA JACK WHITECONE, AZ DINE’
2 264 400 MARLENE EAGLESTAR PHOENIX, AZ PUEBLO/SIOUX
1 265 480 CASSIE JOHN KIRTLAND, NM DINE’

TEEN GIRLS FANCY:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 284 345 JESSICA YAZZIE FARMINGTON, NM NAVAJO/APACHE
2 285 415 DEMEATRICE MILLER FT. DEFIANCE, NM OMAHA/HO-CHUNK
1 286 515 SAGE JACK WHITECONE, AZ DINE’

TEEN GIRLS TRAD:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 304 340 CHRISLYNN HERNANDEZ ALBUQUERQUE, NM NAVAJO
2 302 405 JASMYNE COLLINS TOMAH, WI HO-CHUNK
1 307 460 SHAUNDEEN BEAR KINGMAN, AZ NAVAJO/MESQUAKI
 


TEEN BOYS FANCY:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 320 440 IZAYAH TENEQUER-LARSEN ALBUQUERQUE, NM DINE’/COMANCHE
2 322 470 MAXIMUS SHEKA FT. DEFIANCE, AZ HO-CHUNK
1 321 530 RANDEEN ROBINSON MONTEZUMA CREEK, UT DINE’

TEEN BOYS GRASS:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 347 375 SLIK NEZ BLOOMFIELD, NM DINE’
2 349 385 TALON TIPPECONNIE FARMINGTON, NM DINE’/NUMUNU
1 344 400 JOSHUA NEVER CRYS KIRTLAND, NM DINE’

TEEN BOYS TRADITIONAL:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 363 395 HARLEY W. BENALLY CORTEZ, CO DINE’
2 362 405 MATTHEW SHEKA, JR. FT. DEFIANCE, AZ HO-CHUNK
1 360 475 KYLE CONLU HILTSCHER LODI, CA COLVILLE/NEZ PERCE/LAKOTA


WOMENS GOLDEN AGE:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 477 365 LADY BIRD JACK WHITECONE, AZ DINE’
2 478 395 CAMILLE VIGIL SANTA FE,NM ROSEBUD LAKOTA
1 475 400 SHARON BROKESHOULDER GALLUP, NM DINE/SO. UTE

WOMENS JINGLE:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 380 300 JACQUELINE STEVENS ALBUQUERQUE, NM NORTHERN UTE
2 387 330 TERI JOHN FARMINGTON, NM DINE’
1 388 410 TUNTE VIGIL TESUQUE, NM TESUQUE PUEBLO/LAKOTA

WOMENS FANCY:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE
:
3 400 335 TAYLOR MCCAULEY LAWRENCE,KS ARAPAHOE/LAKOTA/TAOS PUEBLO
2 403 385 SIERRA PETE POLSON, MT DINE’
1 405 430 PATRICIA BENALLY FAMINGTON,NM DINE’


WOMENS CLOTH:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 420 320 AURELIA GURUE DENVER, CO SICANGU SIOUX
2 427 395 TRACY PECORE STEVENS PT, WI HO-CHUNK/ONEIDA
1 428 450 KAYLYN LECLAIR DURANGO, CO LAKOTA/DINE’

WOMENS BUCKSKIN:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 444 390 TENNIELLE COVERS UP TUBA CITY, AZ DINE’
2 443 405 WANDA NELSON WINDOW ROCK, AZ DINE’
1 440 505 TERRA TRUJILLO DENVER, CO TAOS PUEBLO/MESQUAKI

 

MENS GOLDEN AGE:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 583 355 PAUL CLOUD BARRABOO, WI HO-CHUNK
2 585 357 NORMAN LARGO BRIMHALL, NM DINE’
1 582 420 BRUCE KLINEKOLE HEADSPRINGS, NM COMANCHE


MENS CHICKEN:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 480 370 ALEX SALAZAR ALBUQUERQUE, NM SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO
2 482 420 TROY BECENTI FARMINGTON, NM DINE’
1 485 435 SHELDON SCALPLOCK, JR ALBERTA, CANADA BLACKFOOT

MENS GRASS:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 510 330 BUDDY OMEASOO BROWNING, MT BLACKFOOT
2 509 355 RANDY BROKESHOULDER GALLUP, NM DINE/SHAWNEE
1 504 390 ELDON K. OWENS GALLUP, NM DINE’

MENS FANCY:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 524 310 HERBERT GRAY PHOENIX, AZ NAVAJO
2 520 390 KEVIN AUSTIN KAYENTA, AZ DINE’
1 523 515 AMOS YAZZIE, IV FARMINGTON, NM DINE’


MENS SO. STRAIGHT:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 544 335 RYLAND JIM POLACCA. AZ HOPI/DINE
2 548 355 MATT SHEKA SR. FT. DEFIANCE, AZ HO-CHUNK
1 545 445 BRYAN CURLEY ALBUQUERQUE, NM DINE’

MENS NO. TRADITIONAL:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE
:
3 565 375 KENNY DONAGHEY CROWNPOINT, NM CADDO/DINE’
2 576 410 BRANDO JACK WHITECONE, AZ DINE’
1 567 445 JARED BROWN WINDOW ROCK, AZ NORTH FORK MONO/DINE’

 

 

 

SOUTHERN DRUM:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 101 525 COMANCHE BOYZ LAWTON, OK COMANCHE
2 103 533 SOUTHERN SLAM ZIA, NM ZIA PUEBLO
1 104 557 SOUTHERN STYLE RED MESA, UT NAVAJO

NORTHERN DRUM:
PL #: PTS: NAME: CITY,STATE: TRIBE:
3 003 538 BLACKEAGLE JEMEZ, NM JEMEZ PUEBLO
2 004 566 SUNEAGLE FARMINGTON, NM DINE/CREE
1 001 583 WILD KREW ALL NATIONS, USA ALL NATIONS

 

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