Alimasi Kajunju participated in the 2012 Kwanzaa Celebration at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on December 8. Alimasi is from the Congo.
Seeing Eye to Eye
I captured this shot with my macro lens at my parent's farm in Bruno, MN on July 22, 2012. We had the stare down for quite some time before he/she flew away.
Beauty, Strength, Vision.
T'ea Drift, Bois Forte Tribal member, looks out over the dance arena at the annual Mashkawisen Veterans Powwow in Sawyer, Minnesota on July 14, 2012.
Beautiful Jada Gives Me a Smile
Jada Buckholtz (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe & Red Cliff Ojibwe) quickly posed for a photo for me before she went out in the dance arena and danced fancy shawl style at the annual Jerry Fairbanks Scholarship Powwow in Sawyer, MN in June of 2012.
Nathan Chasing Horse - Traditional Dancer
Nathan Lee Chasing Horse, a tribal member of the Rosebud Lakota Nation of South Dakota, danced traditional style at the Grand Celebration Powwow in Hinckley, MN in June of 2012. He is an amazing and beautiful dancer that captures the eyes of many when he is in the dance arena.
Jingle Dress Dancer
Tawny Adson danced jingle dress style at the Grand Celebration Powwow in Hinckley, MN in June 2012.
Dennis DeBungie - Traditional Chicken Dancer
Dennis DeBungie, (Rainy River First Nations of Ontario, Canada and direct descendant from Red Lake Nation in Minnesota) danced in his new "Chicken Dance" outfit, that he made himself, at a powwow in Sawyer, MN in June of 2012. He is known as a Chicken Dancer in the powwow arena. He has been dancing at powwows his whole life. When he was a young boy he would travel the powwow trail with his mom, dad, and two brothers and he would dance. He has been dancing the Chicken Dance for the past two years now. He is a sight to see when he is in the powwow dance arena. You can feel the pride that he has for his people and his culture through his dance and the way he lives his life.
Next Generation of Traditional Dancers
Four year old James Red Buckholtz (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe/Red Cliff Ojibwe) showed off his dance moves at the annual Jerry Fairbanks Scholarship Powwow in Sawyer, MN in June 2012.
A dead and twisted bean stalk in my mom's garden.
Six year old Bois Forte Ojibwe tribal member Aiesah Benner gave me and my camera a pretty smile at the College of St. Scholastica Spring Semester Powwow on March 31, 2012. Aiesah was chosen by her tribe, last year, to hold the title of Mini Miss Sag Gii Baa Gah Days Princess for 2011-2012. She represents her tribe every time that she dances at powwows by wearing the beaded floral crown and the title banner that she wears with her fancy shawl dance outfit. She is quite the princess!