On September 17, St. Joseph’s Indian School held their 40th Annual PowwowWacipi — in Chamberlain. Over 160 youth dancers and nine drum groups competed.

St. Joseph’s Powwow Royalty were crowned Friday at the Recreation Center. Diamond, sixth grade, was crowned Miss St. Joseph’s and Mersayis, fourth grade, was crowned Junior Miss St. Joseph’s. Tarles, sixth grade, was named Eagle Staff Bearer.

Cultural workshops on Friday provided visitors an opportunity to make their own dreamcatcher and learn about the medicine wheel. St. Joseph’s students provided tours of St. Joseph’s elementary school in the afternoon.

Saturday morning began with tours of students’ campus homes. After a blessing of the powwow grounds, veterans began the Grand Entry procession at noon, followed by dancers. The day’s events were capped off with Mass at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel and a traditional meal. Prizes were awarded to top dancers and drum groups.

Powwow Results

Teen Boys Traditional
1st Place — Shawn
2nd Place — Mahki

Teen Girls Traditional
1st Place — Alexis
2nd Place — Jordana
3rd Place — Shayelyn

Teen Boys Fancy
1st Place — Max
2nd Place — Trinity

Teen Girls Fancy
1st Place — Samantha
2nd Place — Ilea
3rd Place — Josephina

Teen Boys Grass
1st Place — Desme
2nd Place — Alize
3rd Place — Nick

Teen Girls Jingle
1st Place — Rhea
2nd Place — Emile
3rd Place — Maske

Junior Boys Traditional
1st Place — Hehaka
2nd Place — Yamni
3rd Place — Yakima
4th Place — Sirius
5th Place — Taivin
6th Place — Tyson

Junior Girls Traditional
1st Place — Olowan
2nd Place — LeeLee
3rd Place — Jazleen
4th Place — Kyla
5th Place — Madeline
6th Place — Gracelynn

Junior Boys Fancy
1st Place — Treshawn
2nd Place — Tarles

Junior Girls Fancy
1st Place — DaeOnna
2nd Place — Josette
3rd Place — Yamni
4th Place — Lillian
5th Place — Jylia
6th Place — Diamond

Junior Boys Grass
1st Place — Hoksila
2nd Place — Antwan
3rd Place — Jeffrey
4th Place — Joshua
5th Place — Eric
6th Place — Vincent

Junior Girls Jingle
1st Place — Gracie
2nd Place — Kylie
3rd Place — Abby
4th Place — Kaelyn
5th Place — Charlie
6th Place — Nateela

Nine drum groups participated, including St. Joseph’s own Chalk Hills Singers. Prize winning drums were Nape Duta, Bad Nation and War Eagle.


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