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Photo of Terri Brown Terri Brown
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Women’s Jingle Dancer

According to Brown, “Everyone in the pow wow circle has been my teacher in some way.” She has participated in dancing all her life in pow wows throughout the Great Lakes region, Canada, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Maryland, and North Carolina and has been a head dancer on fifteen occasions. Her headdress consists of an eagle feather and plumes, ornaments of abalone shell, eagle feathers, and beaded medallions, and a hand-held eagle feather fan. A purse and moccasins beaded in a Woodland floral design complete the outfit.

Photo of Suzanne Cross Suzanne Cross
Lansing, Michigan
Women’s Traditional Dancer

Cross has danced since infancy and participates in several Michigan pow wows each year. The Woodland floral motif has been incorporated throughout her regalia, including her beaded jewelry, apparel, and purse. She wears a finger-woven sash, and holds a sewn hawk feather fan.

Photo of Dwight "Bucko" Teeple Dwight “Bucko” Teeple
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Ojibwe (Anishnabek)
Men’s Traditional Dancer

Teeple has attended almost all of the Great Lakes region pow wows, participating as Head Dancer, Head Veteran, Drummer, Singer, Master of Ceremonies, and Head Judge. Teeple’s ornate regalia consists of a porcupine hair roach with eagle feathers, eagle feather bustle, eagle tail feather fan, beaded dance stick fringed with deer toes, beaded tobacco bag, finger-woven sash, and beaded armbands, apron, and moccasins. His regalia includes elements stemming from 1812-era British and American military motifs.

Photo of Vickie Summers (left) and Sandra Elm (right) Vickie Summers (left)
Southwold, Ontario, Canada
Iroquois tribe - Oneida nation
Women’s Jingle Dancer

Summers has been dancing since she was a young girl. Her blouse is adorned with beaded rosette medallions decorated with the symbol of the medicine wheel. She wears beaded leggings and moccasins and holds an eagle feather fan.

Sandra Elm (right)
Southwold, Ontario, Canada
Iroquois tribe - Oneida nation
Women’s Fancy Shawl Dancer

The yoke of Elm’s blouse is decorated with an eagle design on the front; her blouse and leggings are decorated with sequins. Her shawl is fringed with red, black, and white ribbons. She wears a single feather and plume in her hair and hair ties consisting of ribbon, abalone shells, and leather fringe.

Photo of George Martin George Martin
Hopkins, Michigan
Men’s Traditional Dancer

Martin has danced at pow wows throughout the United States and Canada for thirty-five years and wears beaded spikes to signify that he is a Korean-Vietnam military veteran. His bustle is comprised of eagle feathers set on a copper plate with a beaded star design medallion in the center. George’s hand-held objects are a council pipe, eagle wing fan, and medicine pouch. His neck ornaments include a bone choker tied with leather and a bear claw necklace with medicine bear totem. The armbands are beaded in Ojibwe style with bird, butterfly, and flower designs.


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