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FSIN Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Powwow

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      DECEMBER 1996      v26 n01 p20  
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The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) 50th Anniversary Powwow was held November 1-2, 1996 at Titan Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The event attracted competitors from across North America.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the two-day powwow were Gordon Tootoosis and Russell Standingrock. The host drums were the Whitefish juniors from Big River, Saskatchewan and Eagle Claw from Kawacatoose, Saskatchewan. The Drumkeeper was Todd Seeseequasis.

Powwow Coordinator Janet Ahenakew Dodwell reports that they had 678 registered dancers and 17 drum groups. Drum judges were Jason Goodstriker, Garnet Eyaphaise, Ron McNab, Clifford Rabbitskin, John Waditaka, Ervin Whitehawk, James Thunderchild, Robert Gopher, Dennis Emusso and Troy Shepherd.

These judges selected Wild Horse from North Battleford, Saskatchewan for the first place $1,500 prize in the Singing category, sponsored by the FSIN Executive Council. Pipestone Creek won $1,200 for second place and Star Blanket Jr. won the $900 third place prize.

Grand Entry was held each day at 1:00 and 7:00 and was followed by consistently high-calibre competitions. Among these were the Specials in honour of the past Presidents of the FSIN. The Hand Drum Special was sponsored by the Tootoosis family in honour of John Tootoosis, the first president of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians. The Little Island Cree, World Champion Drummers, won the Special and its top prize of $350. Chitek Lake placed second and Battle Creek placed third.

The Men's Traditional Special was sponsored by the Deiter family on behalf of Walter Deiter, the fourth president of the FSIN who held office from 1966-68. Darcy Anaquod of Regina, Saskatchewan placed first in the Special, winning the top prize. Tom Christian placed second and Conrad Rope placed third.


FSIN Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Powwow

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$1,900 was divided amongst the winners.

The Teen Girls' Jingle Special was sponsored by the Ahenakew family in honour of the fifth FSIN president, David Ahenakew who served from 1968 until 1978. Jenifer Jones of Rolling River, Manitoba won the top prize.

The Ladies Grass Dance Special was sponsored by the Thunderchild and Carriere families in honour of Delores Thunderchild. Delores is described as a caring and patient person who has dedicated herself to honouring Elders. "The family wanted to honour her in a special way," said Doreen Carriere. Jolene Standing Rock of the Rocky Boy Cree Nation in Montana won the Special and its $700 cash prize. She was also given a trophy and a Frances Paul painting valued at $300. This was the first time that a Ladies Grass Dance Special was held at a Saskatchewan Powwow.

An estimated five to six thousand spectators attended the Powwow on a daily basis. One observer said that it was the largest Powwow held in conjuction with the Indian National Finals Rodeo that he had ever seen.

Spectators were drawn largely to the quality of the dancing. In fact, Ahenakew-Dodwell reports that many competitions required tie-breakers and occasionally even second tie-breakers because of the level of excellence being judged.

The FSIN 50th Anniversary Powwow ended on Saturday, November 2. "On behalf of Vice-Chief Cameron and myself," said Ahenakew-Dodwell, "I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all committee members and volunteers who worked so diligently in making the 50th Anniversary Powwow such a huge success."


FSIN Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Powwow

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FSIN 50th Anniversary Powwow Results

Junior Girl's Fancy

1st Adonius Benson Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Shianne Bull Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Jaime Gadwa Kehewin Cree Nation, Alberta
4th Angel Faith Ocean Man Nakota Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Kristen McAdam Big River First Nation, Saskatchewan

Junior Girl's jingle

1st Charity Dawn Kakakaway Regina, Saskatchewan
2nd Wenonah Daniels Kawacatoose First Nation Saskatchewan
3rd Larissa Gopher Saulteaux First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Lacy Albert Gallivan, Saskatchewan
5th Angelin Gadwa Kehewin Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

Junior Girl's Traditional

1st Justine McArthur Regina, Saskatchewan
2nd Chelsa Bull Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Junita Little Tent Regina, Saskatchewan
4th Whitney Yuzzicappi Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Tara Sandy Oak Lake Sioux First Nation, Manitoba

Junior Boy's Fancy

1st Preston Little Tent Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Rylan Baker Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota
3rd Dickie Lee Baptiste Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Dustin Strong Ann Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
5th Adrian Alexson Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Junior Boy's Grass

1st Nathan Mitsuing Loon Lake, Saskatchewan
2nd Rylan Thomas Spiritwood, Saskatchewan
3rd Noble Drags Wolf Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota
4th Tiny Tootoosis Poundmaker Cree Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Ryan Standing White Bear First Nation, Saskatchewan

Junior Boy's Traditional

1st Jessie Standing Rock Rocky Boy Cree Nation, Montana
2nd Darrel Charging Moyah Hawk Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Brando Okanee Moyah Thunderchild First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Curtis Albert Poundmaker Cree Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Dwight Eagle Chitek Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan

Teen Girl's Fancy

1st Nita McAdam Big River First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Kanani Nahanee North Vancouver, British Columbia
3rd Marci Eashappie Hays, Montana
4th Toni Running Rabbit Siksika/Blood First Nation, Alberta
5th Raelynn Carriere Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan

Teen Girl's Jingle

1st Jenifer Jones Rolling River, Manitoba
2nd Cyrina Bull Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Kristy Yuzzicappi Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Tara Thompson Carry The Kettle First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Rachel McArthur Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation, Saskatchewan

Teen Girl's Traditional

1st Sherisse McKay Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Manitoba
2nd Stephanie Wutunee Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Leanne Bonaise North Battleford, Saskatchewan
4th Ashley Bear Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Cheryl Bonaise North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Teen Boy's Fancy

1st Waylon Little Tent Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Lance Alexson Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3rd Lawrence Piche Dillon, Saskatchewan
4th Cree Go Forth Regina, Saskatchewan
5th Travis Thunderchild Thunderchild First Nation, Saskatchewan

Teen Boy's Grass

1st Jon Olney White Swan, Washington
2nd Terrance McNab Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Ryan McNab Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Blair Rain Wabamun Lake Nakota Nation, Alberta
5th Shane Onedsoo Hobbema, Alberta


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Teen Boy's Traditional

1st Stacy Spence Spruce Home, Saskatchewan
2nd Nikki Kam Sweet Grass First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Anthony Standing Rock Rocky Boy Cree Nation Montana
4th Beamer Morrison Ochapawace First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Brandon One Feather Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota

Women's Golden Age

1st Vera Kingbird Redby, Minnesota
2nd Maggie Black Kettle Calgary, Alberta
3rd Irene Yuzzicappi Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Georgina Thunderchild Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
5th Tonia Ackerman Guardipee Browning, Montana

Men's Golden Age

1st Walter Bull Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Harvey Yuzzicappi Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Larry Anaquod Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation, Saskatchewan
4th George Ceepeekous Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Dave Spence Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

Women's Fancy

1st Donetta Ewak Ocean Man First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Lisa Cleveland Regina, Saskatchewan
3rd Georgina Jones Rolling River, Manitoba
4th Sarah Milward Calgary, Alberta
5th DYanni Smith Albuquerque, New Mexico

Women's Jingle

1st Yvette Iron Star Ocean Man First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Nellie Goodwill Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Lillian Gadwa Kehewin Cree Nation, Albertaa
4th Jennifer Young Bear Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota
5th Jolene Redman Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan

Women's Traditional

1st Linda Standing White Bear First Nation, Saskatchewan
2nd Ruby McArthur Regina, Saskatchewan
3rd Hazel Ahenakew Ahtahkakoop First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Mary Lou Olson Brokenhead First Nation, Manitoba
5th Gaye Sparvier Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan

Men's Fancy

1st Amos Yazzie Navajo Nation, New Mexico
2nd Jerry Cleveland Regina, Saskatchewan
3rd Landing Eagle Go Forth Regina, Saskatchewan
4th Lazz Roan Pigeon Lake First Nation, Alberta
5th Craig Lewis Onion Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan

Men's Grass

1st Delbert Wapass Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2nd Darrell Goodwill Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Byron Goodwill Standing Buffalo First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Ron McNab Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Gerald Baptiste Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan

Men's Traditional

1st Tom Christian Fort Peck Sioux/Assiniboine Tribe, Montana
2nd Darwin Daniels Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Darcy Anaquod Regina, Saskatchewan
4th Rod Atcheynum Sweet Grass First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Keith Shade Lethbridge, Alberta

Singing Contest Results

1st Wild Horse North Battleford, Saskatchewan
2nd Pipestone Creek Onion Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan
3rd Star Blanket Jr. Star Blanket First Nation, Saskatchewan
4th Crooked Lake Agency Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan
5th Fly in Eagle Poundmaker Cree Nation, Saskatchewan
6th Little Island Cree Ministikwan First Nation, Saskatchewan
7th Mandaree Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota
8th Inyan He Nakota Stoney Nakota Nation, Alberta
9th Battle Creek Red Pheasant First Nation, Saskatchewan
10th Young Eagle Creek Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan