2016 Head Staff - 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow-wow
2016 TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW HEAD STAFF
WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS JOIN US IN HEADLINING THE 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW:
MASTERS OF CEREMONIES:
OTIS HALFMOON (NEZ PERCE) SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
W. Otis Halfmoon, Nez Perce, is one of this year’s Master of Ceremonies for the 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow. He grew up in Lapwai, Idaho and is proud to say that he is a “Rez Boy.” He was formally a Fancy Feather Dancer and is now a Northern Style Traditional Dancer; and has been involved with pow wow’s most of his life. Mr. Halfmoon has served as Master of Ceremonies for over 30 years at pow wows in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Wyoming, and Alberta, Canada. He has served as Master of Ceremonies for the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow for 11 years.
Mr. Halfmoon has worked for the National Park Service for over 24 years at three NPS sites in Idaho and Montana. He is the American Indian Services Specialist for the Washington, DC based Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion in Espanola, NM.
He has shared his knowledge about the history of the Nez Perce, tribal consultation, and interpreting tribal histories at numerous events throughout the country.
Mr. Halfmoon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and currently resides in Espanola, New Mexico with his wife Virginia.
THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE IS HONORED TO HAVE OTIS SERVE AS ONE OF THE MC'S FOR THIS YEARS' 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW.
BART POWAUKEE (NO. UTE) FT. DUSCHESNE, UTAH
Bart Powaukee is one of the Master of Ceremonies for the 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow-wow with Otis Halfmoon. Bart Powaukee is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and resides on his mothers’ reservation, the Ute Indian Tribe in Fort Duchesne, Utah. Bart works as a Water Quality Coordinator and makes his home with his wife and their four children.Bart has been active in Native American cultural activities and ceremonies all his life, having been partially raised by his grandparents from both Tribes. Bart has been an active participant in the powwow circuit throughout the entire United States and Canada, participating as a champion Grass Dancer, Round Bustle Dancer, Chicken Dancer, Emcee and Arena Di-rector. When Bart is not at a pow-wow, his wife makes him do yard work. However, once the day is done he enjoys golfing, playing basketball and working out to keep up with the teenagers in the dance arena.This is Mr. Powaukee's first year MC'ing for the Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow and the committee is very pleased to have him on staff.
BRUCE LECLAIR (SICANGU LAKOTA) DURANGO, COLORADO
Bruce LeClaire (Sinte Kin Wambli – Eagle Tail) is a Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux Tribe). He was born and raised in South Dakota. Bruce currently resides in Durango, Colorado with his wife Margaret, who is Dine’. Bruce has 4 children: Chad, Cory, Zach and Kaylyn, and one grandchild: Malakai Chaske LeClaire. Bruce is a Northern Traditional Dancer; he and his family have traveled across the United States attending Pow-Wows of many different tribes. Bruce has been an Arena Director, Head Drum Judge, Head Dance Judge, and Master of Ceremonies at different Pow-wows. Bruce has been the Arena Director for the Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow since 2011. Bruce invites all dancers, singers, and spectators to come and enjoy themselves. Hoka’!
THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE IS HONORED TO HAVE BRUCE SERVE AS ONE OF THE ARENA DIRECTORS FOR THIS YEARS' 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW.
EVAN TRUJILLO (TAOS PUEBLO) TAOS PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
Evan Trujillo, tribal name Elk Springs of Taos Pueblo NM, descends of great leaders and traditional dancers as known throughout the community and powwow circuit. Evan who is also a well known traditional dancer, artist, performer and role model to many including people of his tribe and youth,more so being the role model to his own two beautiful children who are growing before his eyes, sharing the joys of life with his wife by his side. Evan says being the traditional man he is, he will continue to teach his own as well as others to not only dance the dance but dance with prayer and blessings. And for the people of all relations. “For I will dance and pray for all”, he says. For now the days come and they go as we all get older but wiser for the ones coming after us, our children. He also gives his thanks and prayers for being chosen to be Arena Director at the Taos Pueblo Powwow. For it is a great honor to be part of a beautiful ceremony of celebration of family, friends, song and dance. Tah ah, thank you to all, and see you all in the circle of life. LET US DANCE.
THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE IS HONORED TO HAVE EVAN SERVE AS ONE OF THE ARENA DIRECTORS FOR THIS YEARS' 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW.
LEONARD ATCITTY (DINE') ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Leonard Atcitty is originally from the Four Corners area of New Mexico. This area includes a small oilfield pump station and a sheep camp where he spent his summer where he mastered the art of sheep herding. After attending schools throughout the Southwest, Leonard spent four years serving his country in the military. He has lived in Albuquerque, NM for the last 34 years and is a small business owner in the technical engineering design profession. Leonard is married to Vivian, his beautiful wife of 34 years who is from Kinbeto, NM. They have four children, one boy and three girls who all reside in Albuquerque; as well as three grandkids. He has been involved in pow wows since the mid-1990’s as a member of several drum groups, gourd dancer, arena director, head judge, and master of ceremonies. He also provides professional audio systems for events such as pow wows and other productions. Leonard would like to express his appreciation and gratitude to the the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee for giving him this opportunity to be part of a well run event with a professional attitude based on fairness and integrity. He has served as Arena Director and Head Judge for the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow for the past five years.
THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE IS HONORED TO HAVE LEONARD SERVE AS THE HEAD JUDGE FOR THIS YEARS' 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW.
HEAD MAN DANCER
SHELDON SCALPLOCK, JR (BLACKFOOT) SIKSIKA, ALBERTA/BLANDING, UTAH
Oki, My name is Sheldon Scalplock, Jr. I am a proud Blackfoot from Siksika, Alberta, Canada. I currently reside in Blanding, Utah where I am happily married to my wife Tia Scalplock and also am a proud father of 2 with a new arrival on the way this late summer. My children and family are my world. I enjoy traveling and sharing my love of dance all over Indian Country throughout Canada and the United States. I dance the Men's Chicken dance category; which I proudly say originated from the Treaty 7 area. I’d like to recognize all my chicken dance brothers near and far keep dancing your style! Chicken dancing has been in my family for many generations and for a long time I had the honor of wearing a yellow floral set of beadwork that belonged to my grandfather Alec Scalplock. This beadwork has been passed down through the years which now my son proudly wears. I would like to thank the Taos Pueblo Pow-wow Committee for the opportunity to serve as this years’ head man dancer and I look forward to seeing you all.
THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE IS HONORED TO HAVE SHELDON SERVE AS THEIR HEAD MAN DANCER FOR THIS YEARS' 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE. MR. SCALPLOCK, JR & FAMILY ARE SPONSORING A MENS' CHICKEN DANCE CATEGORY FOR THIS YEARS' EVENT.
HEAD LADY DANCER
TUNTE VIGIL (LAKOTA/TESUQUE PUEBLO) TESUQUE PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
TUNTE VIGIL IS THE DAUGHTER OF GIL VIGIL OF TESUQUE PUEBLO, NM AND CAMILLE CLAIRMONT OF TESUQUE PUEBLO, NM. MISS VIGIL HAS BEEN COMING TO THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW SINCE SHE WAS A DANCER IN THE JUNIORS CATEGORY. TUNTE IS SPONSORING A MOTHER/DAUGHTER TEAM DANCE IN HONOR OF HER MOTHER CAMILLE AND HER DAUGHTERS SUNSHINE AND SUNNYROSE.
THE TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW COMMITTEE IS HONORED TO HAVE TUNTE SERVE AS THE HEAD LADY DANCER FOR THIS YEARS' 31ST ANNUAL TAOS PUEBLO POW-WOW.