performs a Butch & Tone song during Gathering of Nations
Powwow. (photo courtesy of Tonia
Saginaw Chippewa Academy Kindergartener Angelo Leaureaux recently
attended North Americas largest powwow, the Gathering of Nations
in Albuquerque, N.M., where he participated in the hand drum contest.
The crowd of approximately 15,000 spectators did not deter the
little guy, who was eager and adamant that he was going to enter
The interesting part was that the song he chose was a song by
well-known hand drummers Butch & Tone. Mind you, Butch &
Tone were both at the event, and Tone actually was a contestant
in the hand drum contest as well.
Regardless, Angelo had no qualms about singing their song despite
their presence, so there was no point in trying to convince him
otherwise (have to learn somehow, right?)
The best part was that the whole powwow was live streaming,
so Angelos grandma was able to view his performance from home!
What an incredible experience for 6-year-old Leaureaux, who will
have fond memories of performing in front of the crowd for years
Way to go, Angelo! Chi-miigwetch to Margaret Flamand, Sasiwaans
Immersion School teacher, who discovered Angelo had a love for the
drum when he was in her class as a two-year-old student.