Ute Mountain Casino Powwow graces Towaoc

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Ute Mountain Ute veteran Grace Jacket (Army) shakes the hand of Miss Ute Mountain Ute, Iyonia Pavisook prior to Saturday evening’s Grand Entry. The Color Guard comprised of Ute Mountain and Southern Ute veterans led the dancers into the powwow arbor included, left to right, Jacket, Raymond Curley (USMC), Hammond, and Southern Ute Veteran’s Association members, Bruce LeClaire (Army) and Howard Richards Sr. (Army).
The Ute Mountain Ute Casino Hotel hosted the annual two-day powwow in Towaoc, Colo. The Color Guard comprised of Graceous Jacket (Army), Conrad Jacket (Army), Gordon Hammond (USMC), Bruce LeClaire (Army) and Howard Richards Sr. (Army) carried the flags into the powwow arbor Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20.
Miss Ute Mountain Ute Iyonia Pavisook enters the Ute Mountain Ute Casino Hotel Powwow arena during the Saturday afternoon grand entry.
A shaded dancer enters the Ute Mountain Ute Casino Hotel Powwow arena during the Saturday afternoon grand entry.
Jaqueline Cantsee enters the Ute Mountain Ute Casino Hotel Powwow arena during the Saturday afternoon grand entry.
A young, cool Chicken Dancer enters the Ute Mountain Ute Casino Hotel Powwow arena during the Saturday afternoon grand entry.
Henry Whiteskunk and his son Henry Whiteskunk II dance in together during Saturday evening’s Grand Entry.
Team Brandon from Ft. Hall, Idaho compete during the Ute Mountain Casino Handgame Tournament.
The Natives from White Mesa, Colo. compete against team Brandon from Ft. Hall, Idaho during the hand game tourney.
Gourd Dance Emcee Reginald Akeen of Anadarko, Oklahoma thanks the gourd dancers and those in attendance during the Saturday evening gourd dance session.
A gourd dance special honors the younger generation of gourd dancers during the evening gourd dance session Saturday evening.
Bruce LeClaire (Army) prepares to carry in the MIA/POW flag during the Saturday evening Grand Entry.
Ute Mountain Ute Councilmember Lyndreth Wall welcomes the attendees to the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel Powwow.
Hal Eagle Tail of the Tsuut’ina Nation was the powwow emcee for the two-day powwow.
Ute Mountain Ute Little Brave, Kiowan Cantsee hypes the crowd in the powwow arbor, saying "you all put the wow in powwow!"
A traditional dancer, in the golden age category, displays his traditional style on Saturday.
A young chicken dancer stops on the final beat of the drum during a Chicken Dance special held Saturday evening, Aug. 20.
Southern Ute tribal member Marty Pinnecoose dances his style into the powwow arena during the Saturday evening Grand Entry.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
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The Ute Mountain Casino Hotel hosted their annual two-day powwow on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation Aug. 19 and 20 in Towaoc, Colo. The annual event included the Blessing of the Grounds and Flag Raising prior to the powwow by Ute Mountain Ute Veterans and spiritual leaders, Gourd Dancing as well as the Indian Market with food, arts & crafts vendors. Leading the dancers into the powwow arbor were the staff carriers, head staff and tribal leaders and the Color Guard comprised of both, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute veterans. A Hand Game tournament also took place in the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Village, which hosted 25 teams from across the country.

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