Feather bustles. Jingle dresses. Bright and complex beading.
As spectators immerse themselves in the exciting dancing of
powwows, often the smaller intricacies of crafting the regalia can
be overlooked. Yet one creative duo at the Cheyenne & Arapaho
tribes have made it their mission to show the nation how to create
beautiful traditional Native American clothing.
Juaquin (JR) Lonelodge and his Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Television
(CATV) producer Mark Welch are now on their second season of the
original television show called Making Regalia. The show
is streamed online on the CATV web site and Vimeo, as well as on
the First Nations Experience TV Network, which includes nine affiliates
throughout the USThe show operates on an instructional format, teaching
the audience to sew many different styles of regalia for men and
women. Some episodes feature Lonelodge alone, while many include
a guest expert in a particular style.
"We thought people needed to know how to make regalia," Welch
said. "It's sort of becoming a lost art."
premier edition of Making Regalia with your host, Juaquin
Lonelodge. Juaquin is a former national Men's Fancy Dance
champion and master regalia craftsman. Join him as he takes
you step by step through the processes of Making Regalia.
Lonelodge is a former national Men's Fancy Dance champion who
supported himself through college by taking sewing orders for powwow
"Through the years I learned a lot of different styles and with
so many different outfits I kind of learned my own tricks of the
trade by reverse engineering different things," Lonelodge said.
"And so when I picked up on this stuff I kind of had a plethora
of knowledge on how to do stuff. And then when they asked me to
do the show, I was more into just doing it for our tribal members
and then I guess with the signal the way it was, it wouldn't make
it out to certain areas. So they said, 'we're going to put it on
vimeo' and when they did that, that's when the show went viral.
And it exploded to what it is today."
the internationally watched show Making Regalia, JR
Lonelodge invites guests like dressmaker/artist Terra Houska,
here demonstrating details of sewing a straight dress, to
showcase the talents of Native American artists throughout
the country. (courtesy photo)
The show has an international audience with viewers sending
in letters from all over the US and in Canada. One letter came from
a father of four girls who all dance in powwows, expressing deep
thanks for the help, particularly from a male sewer.
"Here's a dad out there wanting to do something for his girls,
and he's found another guy that he can relate to and not be hesitant
about jumping in," Welch said. "That's what makes it all worthwhile
Commenting on the unexpected reach the show has gained, Lonelodge
was shocked to find out Making Regalia has been used as part
of the curriculum for a Native American Studies class at a university
"It's way overwhelming," Lonelodge said, smiling. "But I love
doing it. It's an outlet of creativity."
Now that Making Regalia is on its second season, the
team has plans to revisit some earlier content they didn't have
enough time to truly cover while in the beginning stages and possibly
to create a boxed set of DVDs. Also, Lonelodge hopes to bring even
more experts on regalia and powwow dancing from around the country
on as guests for the show.
and Arapaho Television- CATV47
Cheyenne and Arapaho Television- CATV47 is making history as the
first Native American owned and operated broadcast TV station in
the State of Oklahoma. It is one of only a handful of Native American
TV Stations in the U.S. The establishment of K47MU-D Cheyenne and
Arapaho Television was made possible by a Facilities Grant from
NTIA CATV 47 is a low power Public Broadcast TV station broadcasting
from the C&A Tribal Headquarters in Concho, OK since July 2012.
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FNX | First Nations Experience is a TV network featuring Native
American & Indigenous programming - created by the San Manuel
Band of Mission Indians & KVCR. FNX launched on September 25,
2011 in Southern California -- the second largest market in the
U.S. -- with an audience of 18 million viewers. FNX broadcasts from
the KVCR studios in Southern California's Inland Empire. Through
Native-produced and/or themed documentaries, dramatic series and
arts programming, the FNX Channel illustrates the lives and cultures
of Native American and indigenous people around the world. FNX is
truly the voice of Native American and indigenous communities.