Arts & Lifestyle: Apr 4 - 10

Apr 10, 2020

This week we hear how PowWow goes on even in the during the pandemic, and episodes 3 and 4 of "Hearing Music."

Indiginous People Bringing Powwow Dancing Online

Mar 30, 2020
Tera Jay Baker

Some of the most traditional of ceremonies, Native Powwows and dances are finding a new life online. Tribes are canceling events and  gatherings to adhere to restrictions because of the coronavirus. But Indigenous people across the continent can share their talent and cultures online.

Social media has helped thousands of people see16 year old Wakiyan Cuny and his 14 year old sister Wicahpi Cook dance. The two are Oglala Lakota and live in Washington state. They compete at powwows across the country, and usually travel a lot in the summer. 

Victoria Wicks

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota depends on federal money for basic services, relying on promises made through treaties with the United States government. In March of this year, mandatory spending cuts curtailed education and health care on the reservation, and if Congress won’t act to end the sequester for the coming fiscal year, another round of cuts will devastate federally funded programs. But as Crow Creek community leaders tell Victoria Wicks, the tribe is optimistically taking steps toward greater self-sufficiency.