N.D. A work of contemporary ledger art has been selected
to represent the 40th Annual United Tribes International Powwow.
We Protect our Families is a work by artist Tom Haukaas,
Protect our Families depicts two armed warriors fleeing on
horseback after rescuing a third companion. One warrior balances
himself on his surging mount to fire his rifle at a threat behind.
drawing was common among Lakota and other tribes on the Great Plains
in the latter part of the 1800s. Drawn on the lined pages of accounting
books, the images usually revolved around battle showing individual
achievement. The style was revived in the 1980s as an art form used
by contemporary American Indian artists, including Haukaas.
Haukaas is a scholar and psychiatrist as well as artist; he resides
in Florida. His work is included in the collections of the Peabody
Essex Museum, the Denver Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
His work has been on display at the Price Dewey Gallery, the Institute
of American Indian Art, both in Santa Fe, N.M. and the National
Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Protect our Families was drawn by Haukaas in the late 1980s.
The original is in the United Tribes art collection. As designed,
the work makes the POW wow poster an unusual horizontal image. The
work will adorn wearable and collectible items used to promote the
40th anniversary event.
as Home of the Champions, the United Tribes International
Powwow takes place the weekend after Labor Day, Sept. 10
13 on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. It has been
held annually since 1969. The event offers $80,000 in prize money
for dancers and drum groups, and a vibrant display of American Indian
culture for spectators. Tribes is the summers
last, large outdoor POW wow on the northern Great Plains. In recent
years it has attracted upwards of 800 dancers, and more than two
dozen drum groups.
Tribes International Powwow Head Staff
Felix, Corky Old Horn and Jim Clairmont
POW wow begins with the first Grand Entry at Lone Star Arena,
in the center of campus, Sept. 10 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. It concludes with awards for champion dancers
and drum groups on Sunday evening, Sept. 13, 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. A $15 entrance
fee guarantees admission to all dance and drum competitions for
all four days. Daily admission is $8. Elders (60 and over) and children
(5 and under) enter free.
American Indian women who know their culture are invited to participate
in the Miss Indian Nations scholarship pageant. The 17th annual event
is set for Sept. 9 12 during the POW wow. The event is a scholarship
program for single, non-parent American Indian women between age 17
and 25 who can demonstrate a command of tribal values, customs and
classes and groups are invited to Youth Day at the POW wow. The
music and cultural event is a learning opportunity about Native
culture. Included are presentations, music, dancing and a performance
by the POW wows featured cultural group. Youth Day begins
at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 and runs through the morning. School
groups are admitted free of charge.
United Tribes Parade of Champions, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.
12 through downtown Bismarck. The event features dancers, singers,
tribal groups, tribal leaders, Miss Indian Nations participants
and groups from the community. Cash prizes are awarded in four categories
13th annual United Tribes Intertribal Council Summit meeting takes
place Sept. 9 10, prior to the POW wow, at the Bismarck Civic
Center. Tribal, federal and state officials discuss current Indian
country issues and attend a trade fair.
sporting events associated with the POW wow are a benefit golf tournament
Thursday, Sept. 10 at Apple Creek Country Club and a softball tournament
Sept. 12 13 for women and mens teams.
more information about the POW wow and associated events contact
Sandy Erickson, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(701) 255-3285, ext. 1293.