2018 Powwow Bios
Head Dancer: Candi Brings Plenty (Pronouns: She/Hers & They/Them) is a Queer Indigenous, Two Spirit, cis Oglala Lakota Sioux and a descendent of Crazy Horse's Band. She is the founder of the Two Spirit Nation and led the Two Spirit encampment at Standing Rock for eleven months during the peaceful prayer movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. As a Lakota cultural practitioner and through her spiritual activism, she works to bring her medicine to the Oyaté and advocate especially for the empowerment & visibility of Two Spirit warriors to reclaim their walk of life in the sacred circle.
Head Dancer: Justin Goggles, Jr. is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Ethete Wyoming and a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, in Browning Montana. He is the son of Justin Goggles, Sr from Ethete, WY and Paula Michell from Browning, MT. His Arapaho grandma is Louella White and the late Hays Goggles and great-grandma is the late Helen Cedartree and Buster Crispin. His Blackfeet grandparents are Beverly Michell-Spotted Eagle and the late William (Big Bill) Michell Sr. His great-grandparents are the late Sam and Mary Spotted Eagle.
John M. Sneezy is San Carlos Apache and Spanish descent. Mother's side he is from the Istaan'Iye' water clan & identifies the people that come from the under ground waters (Artesian). Father's side is of the rock clan Dzil tse'skitnn which is Mountain of Rocks Clan. John has been dancing since he was 8 years old as a grass dancer. Since 1993, John has traveled extensively teaching and performing about the Apache Culture and the pow-wow community. John is a singer and songwriter of traditional and contemporary Apache and hand drum songs. He also is well known for hoop dancing as well. He has performed with and shared the bill with, The Sneezy Boyz (his family's band), Apache Spirit, Ulali, Pura Fe, Yellowbird Dance Group to name a few. John has been working as a Certfied Nurse's Assistant for the past 22 years. John also does presentations on caregiving whose families have been diagnosed with cancer. John's goal is to return back to school to complete his education to become a Registered Nurse.
Head Youth Dancer: Jarron William Richard Goggles-Lahr, a Head youth dancer is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Browning, MT and Northern Arapaho Tribe of Ethete, WY. His Indian name is Little Singer, given to him by his Grandpa Professor Marvin Weatherwax. Jarron was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, MT and lived there until 2016. He is 12 years old and attending the 6th grade at Mother Load Adventist Jr. Academy in Sonora, CA.
Arena Director: Marc Goggles-Keka is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Wichita Proper Band, Turtle Clan and Descendant member of the Otoe Tribe from the Buffalo Clan. His Indian Name is Three Bulls (ne’rhir?a taw) given to him by Professor Marvin Weatherwax Sr. of the Blackfeet Tribe.
Southern Pride - The Southern Pride drum group consists of a close knit group of friends and family, many of whom come from some of the most well known southern drum and powwow families in Indian Country. They strive to be a service to the Native community and promote and uphold their teachings everywhere they go and bring honor to those who have taught them. They are truly a family who love singing and traveling together and enjoy the fellowship with their Native relatives all over the United States and Canada.
Northern Drum: Red Hoop began in 1993 in Dresslerville NV, practiced for almost one year before setting up under the name in the Spring of 94'. Most people do not know the Red Hoop group name comes from a horse of one of the founding member's grandfather. The story came up while looking for a name in 1993; that horse's name and symbolism seemed to fit. So for over two decades RedHoop has worked together to sing for the people and remember all the teachings that have been taught since day one. Over the years, Red Hoop has received a lot of help and encouragement from a wide range of friends and family and some profound world class champion singers. The belief and respect for the drum has always come first; Red Hoop continues to live by that to this day. Though Red Hoop originally started in Nevada; the singers now come from 3 states; Nevada, California and Oregon. We are honored to be this year's Northern Host Drum.