2020 Powwow Bios
Head Dancer: Beverly Little Thunder -
Beverly Little Thunder is considered An elder . At 72 years of age she might disagree. She has spent over half of those years working on visibility for Indigenous Two Spirit people.While being actively involved in Racial and Social Justice work she also participates. With and supports youth and their concern for earth justice.
Her first Two Spirit Gathering in Minneapolis led to her passing on the traditional spiritual knowledge shared with her by Archie Fire . Today she guides ceremonies for Two Spirit People from many nations. She feels one should never have to choose between their spirituality and their sexuality. Participants comprise Two Spirit, Trans,non binary, and human beings.
Beverly lives on 101 acres in the mountains of Vermont with her wife of 23 years. A published writer she released a memorior “ One Bead at aTime “ and is working on a second book that tells her story of rejection and triumph after coming out in 1985.
She is an appointed member of the Vermont Comission on Native American Affairsand fought with others to get Indigenous Peoples day recognized in place of lost Portuguese sailors day.
Head Dancer: Erik Ramone (Gros Ventre or Aaniih/ Navajo or Dine' pronouns he/him) grew up in Missoula, Montana after spending a few years in Utah and Arizona. Erik grew up with a deep understanding of the importance of community and family connection and spent a large amount of time with his family traveling to powwows and other cultural gatherings, creating cultural connectedness, awareness and understanding. Erik has strived to serve as a role model to LGBTQ Native community by participating in cultural ceremonies and protocols. In Erik’s work as a role model with LGBTQ youth he strives to support young people with feeling affirmed, understood, and empowered in their shared lived experiences. Because of these lived experiences and the values instilled in him to be of service, Erik decided to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication Studies, to one day work in community to contribute in a meaningful way.
In his free time, Erik enjoys traveling, creating Native arts and crafts including beading, attending and dancing at powwows, playing and attending volleyball tournaments around the country, as well as being a positive cultural role model to his nephews.
Learn more about Erik by visiting: https://i20sp.com/i20sp-spotlight/2020/1/14/erik-ramone
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.