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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 24, 2004 - Issue 105


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21 Warbonnets were aired and viewed Friday evening


FORT HALL—The annual War Bonnet Dance, “Dancing towards good health for our people,” which was cancelled for New Years Eve due to a winter snow storm was held January 9th at Timbee Hall.

The evening started with a traditional feast at 5 p.m. with the dance beginning at 7 p.m. The MC was Lionel Boyer, dance leaders was Noah Fred and Joella Tindore.

No grand entry was held because no veterans were available to present the flags. Drums groups were Eagle Lodge, Sage Point, Spring Creek, Spirit Horse and Eagle Sky.

Boyer gave the welcome with the invocation given by Roanna Stump, the Flag and Victory songs were by Sage Point.

The royalty was Kira Murillo—Fort Hall Indian Princess; Tayzia Dixey—Shoshone Bannock Festival Princess; Alyssa Two Eagle—Fort Hall School Princess; Leslie Sitting Eagle—Lillian Vallely School 2nd Attendant; Heather Johnson—Miss Eastern Great Basin Gathering Princess and Champane Buckman—Tyhee Elementary School 1st Attendant.

There were special dances, one for the royalty, giveaways, and traditional dances including the Buffalo dance, the Shake dance and Chokecherry dance.

Intertribal dances brought many people onto the dance floor and food tables were set up in the Timbee Hall basement, foyer and a corner room of the main gymnasium.

Boyer had to announce several times calling attention to the parents asking them to watch after their children who were running around outside.

Twenty-one Warbonnets were brought out to view and to air. A blessing was done for the Warbonnets and for the audience by MC Boyer.

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