September 27, 2016 –
Annual We-Ta-Se Powwow in Review
The PBPN American Legion We-Ta-Se Post 410 held their annual powwow celebration at Prairie Peoples Park, Saturday, September 24, 2016.
In total, 47 veterans registered at the event, the bulk of which were from the PBPN Color Guard, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Color Guard, the Kickapoo Color Guard and from the Haskell Color Guard. There were four drums present and 59 individuals registered to dance.
The one day outdoor powwow, became a one session powwow due to predicted weather conditions. It turned out to be a wise decision for as the powwow ended around 5 pm the thunder and rain rolled in and the reservation received approximately 4 inches of rain from the storms throughout the evening.
Below is a photo gallery containing moments from the event:
All the Color Guards and Auxiliary members gathered together after Grand Entry.
The We-Ta-Se Post 410 members carried in the flags at Grand Entry, followed by the day’s Honored Veterans Chuck Jacobson (black t-shirt) and Brigitte Kwinn (gray
Special invited guests of the event were the Kickapoo American Legion Color Guard Post 415 and the Kickapoo American Legion Auxiliary Post 415.
Miss Madison Boswell was crowned the 2016 – 17 We-Ta-Se Powwow Princess.
We-Ta-Se member Francis Shopteese sells a few more chances to the crowd.
The winners of the raffle prizes were:
$75 One Stop Fuel Card – Nanoki Lewis
$150 One Stop Fuel Card – Cheryl Hopkins
Pendleton Blanket – Alvin Bell, who graciously donated it to the Standing Rock Nation
$1,000 Cash Prize – Drusa Wabaunsee
Outgoing 2015-16 We-Ta-Se Princess Taryn Boswell finished her reign proudly.
The local ladies donned their traditional cloth dresses to take part in the powwow.
This little lady danced along side her grandma.
SahBi Potts, Al Nocktonick and Wahpi Hale dressed out in their men’s traditional regalia, along with Sonny Boy Johnson in a grass outfit, dance through grand entry.
More Women’s Traditional dancers entering the arena during grand entry.
A bright pop of color on a beautiful day,
A few jingle dress dancers make their way into the arena followed by a couple fancy shawl dancers.
PBPN member Dorothy Kiyukan is followed in by Monica Suke and some young ladies from the Kickapoo Nation.
Rounding out the grand entry are Alyssa Thompson, Daffodil Aitkens, Sacto Evans and sister Eviana, along with Kinser Barbosa.
Head man dancer Kwaki Hale dressed in Men’s Chicken Regalia.
Cousins SahBi Potts, Knowee Potts and Brianna Johnson during an inter-tribal.
Cecelia Mitchell had on her dancing shoes.
Kendall Green playing with her ribbons.
Alyssa Thompson in her fancy shawl outfit.
Wyatt Boswell dressed to impress.