Dancers and veterans stand together during Friday night’s Grand Entry ceremony in the Whalen Gymnasium. Honoring veterans of all conflicts, the motto championed by the 53rd annual Hozhoni Days Powwow held at Fort Lewis College. The annual cultural gathering brought singers, dancers and spectators together from Friday, April 14 — Saturday April 15, 2017.
Bristol Taylor (left) sits patiently as last minute touches are added to her regalia prior to Friday night’s Grand Entry.
Rudley Weaver of the Southern Ute Veterans Association helped to bring in the colors during the powwow’s Grand Entry.
Southern Ute Elder Dr. James Jefferson gives the invocation for the Hozhoni Days Powwow, Jefferson emphasized the importance of passing knowledge down to future generations.
Arena Director Randy Medicine Bear coordinates the Grand Entry ceremony at Fort Lewis College.
Ignacio based drum group, Yellow Jacket during the 53rd annual Hozhoni Days Powwow.
Cyana Whiteskunk participated in the Hozhoni Days Powwow along side her family.
Fancy Dancer Tommy Draper of Kirtland, NM makes his way to Durango each year for the annual powwow held at Fort Lewis College.
Tiny Tots take to the floor, Malia Roubideaux of Ignacio, Colo. dances under the guidance of her mother, Heather Roubideaux.
Fort Lewis College filled the Whalen Gymnasium once again with dancers and pageantry during the 53rd annual Hozhoni Days Powwow. The Powwow was held from Friday, April 14 – Saturday April 15, 2017. Hosted each year by the Wanbli Ota Club of Fort Lewis College