Over the last week, Racing Magpie provided logistical support for nine Lakota dancers, a drum group, and six artisans to participate in the 2nd annual True Sioux Hope Gala in Huntington Beach, CA, and another fundraising event in Thousand Oaks, CA. It was an amazing trip, and the artists and performers shared their spectacular talents on the West Coast. It was our honor to be there!
The dancers who showed their moves in the grass, jingle, and women's and men's fancy categories were Demetrius Blacksmith, Hunter Blacksmith, Karl Eagle Bull, Shyla Fast Horse, Tristan Fast Horse, Christina New Holy, Lynssey New Holy, William Stewart, Jamie White Face, Darien Young Man Afraid of His Horses, and Santana Young Man Afraid of His Horses.
The host drum group was the Oglala Nation Singers. Singers were Wes New Holy, Emmanuel (Bull) Black Bear, Timothy Black Bear, and Robert Watters. Bull and Timothy also shared a hand drum song to recognize their album called Songs from Cheyenne Creek which was nominated for Native American Music Awards for Best Debut Duo/Group of the Year and Best Powwow Recording.
Lakota artisans who showcased their artwork and artistry were Jhon Duane Goes In Center, Stan Goodshield Hawkins, Jared Lanz, Molina Parker, Wade Patton, and Dwayne Wilcox.