We-Ta-Se Pow-wow Held

MAYETTA:  The 14th Annual Veterans Recognition Pow-wow is being held today and tonight at Prairie Peoples Park.  Below are photos from this afternoon’s activities.


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The grand entry began about 1:30 p.m. that was led by the We-Ta-Se color guard.

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Dancers coming into the arena and, in this photo, being led by Karen Wahwassuck.

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Head lady dancer Jancita Warrington (lead woman) with other dancers.

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More of the grand entry.

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Francis Jensen, We-Ta-Se, gave the invocation and is on the stage saluting.

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Several princesses marched in the grand entry.

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More of the grand entry.

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Head dancers for the pow-wow.

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Little Soldier Singers were one of four drum groups at the pow-wow this afternoon.  Other groups included Whistling Wind, Boss Hawgs, and White Water.

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Dean Whitebreast (in hat) was the emcee and Roger Lewis was arena director.  In back is Jim Potts, left, and Frank Shopteese who are on the We-Ta-Se staff.

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Young grass dancer.

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Sylvana Levier-Jessepe is the outgoing We-Ta-Se princess and will crown a new We-Ta-Se  princess tonight.

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Vendor booth at the pow-wow.

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T.J. Kitchkommie, left, and Glenn Levier.

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Marilyn Wakole-Hale, left, and Alvina LaClair looking through a veteran’s booklet that has been revised by We-Ta-Se and was written by Gary Mitchell.

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Juanita Jessepe won the Golden Age Special in a winner takes all.

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Ralph and Linda Tecumseh enjoying the pow-wow moments before Linda won the 50/50 raffle drawing today.

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Tribal member Derek Otero stopped for a pose.

More on tap for tonight where honored veterans Ron Wahweotten and Sandra Bodah will be honored.