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Photo of Ronnie Lee Preston and Lakota Lee Preston Ronnie Lee Preston and Lakota Lee Preston
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apache, Ojibway
Men’s Grass Dancers

Ronnie Lee Preston has been dancing for fifteen years and his son Lakota is just beginning. They wear appliquéd garments with feather motif and yarn fringe and headbands beaded in geometric patterns with sun/star burst medallions. Ronnie Lee also wears neck ornaments of a beaded medicine wheel bola and a metal cross. Laura Bearskin made their regalia with the exception of the beaded cuffs which were made by Ronnie Lee Preston.

Photo of Pat and Herman Logan Pat and Herman Logan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Women’s & Men’s Traditional Dancers

Pat Logan’s regalia includes a single eagle feather with beaded geometric hair ties, beaded breastplate with overlay of beaded star/sun burst medallions and abalone shell, buckskin garment with beaded yoke, and beaded buckskin moccasins. She holds an eagle feather fan with beaded handle.

Herman Logan’s regalia includes a porcupine roach with eagle feathers, eagle feather epaulets with beaded medallions, beaded breech cloth, short angora leggings, and beaded buckskin moccasins. He holds an eagle wing fan, a feathered shield, and a war club. The Logans have been dancing for the past forty years.

Photo of Trey Whitehouse Trey Whitehouse
Warren, Michigan
Shoshone - Paiute
Men’s Traditional Dancer

A dancer for twenty years, Whitehouse wears a deerskin fringed garment with eagle feather bustle. His headdress includes a porcupine roach with eagle feathers and plumes.

Photo of Tonia Hill and Trey Whitehouse Tonia Hill and Trey Whitehouse
Six Nations, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Women’s Traditional Dancer
Warren, Michigan
Shoshone - Paiute
Men’s Traditional Dancer

Tonia Hill has been dancing since the age of three. She wears a scarf tie in the shape of a turtle to signify her membership in the Turtle Clan. Her regalia includes a fringed white buckskin dress, red cape featuring feather motif, and beaded moccasins. She wears a single eagle feather with beaded barrette in her hair and holds an eagle feather fan.

Trey has been dancing at pow wows for the past twenty years. His regalia includes a porcupine roach with eagle feathers and plumes; bone neck ornament; deerskin fringed yoke, vest, breastplate, breech cloth; fringed leggings; and moccasins beaded with a geometric design. He holds a shield with bear motif fringed with eagle feathers, and a metal-studded war club.

Photo of Rebecca (Becky) Hawpetos, Ashley Mack, and Amanda Mack Rebecca (Becky) Hawpetos, Ashley Mack, and Amanda Mack
Neopit, Wisconsin
Menominee - Potawatomi
Becky - Women’s Fancy Shawl Dancer
Ashley - Women’s Jingle Dancer
Amanda - Women’s Traditional Dancer

The regalia of these three young women exemplifies the three categories of women’s dance - Fancy Shawl, Jingle, and Traditional. Their heavily beaded moccasins and hair ornaments are reflective of women’s dance regalia.


Douglas Elbinger has been making photographs since the age of twelve and considers himself a “historian with a camera.” Through the years his photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, books, exhibitions, and newspapers. Elbinger is recognized as a leading source for the copy and restoration of historic photographs and has worked with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives as well as many other museums and historical societies across the country. He operates a professional studio in Okemos, Michigan.


This project was coordinated by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at Michigan State University Museum with the collaboration and support of the following: MSU Native American Institute; MSU American Indian Heritage Pow Wow Host Committee; Nokomis American Indian Learning Center; Michigan Festival, Inc. volunteers; Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI); Fellows of the 1993 NMAI/MSU Museum Training Institute at the Michigan State University Museum; Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs; Michigan State University Extension; Elizabeth Halsted Endowment for Traveling Exhibitions; and Douglas Elbinger of Elbinger Studios, East Lansing, Michigan.

Project Staff:
Project Manager: Marsha MacDowell
Photographer: Douglas Elbinger
Documentation Day Volunteers: Bonnie Bus, Marie Gile, Dawn Grady, Bob Novak, and the participants in the Museum Training Institute
Collection Manager: Chantel Cummings
Label Text: Marsha MacDowell, Frances Vincent, and Debbie Galvan
Project Consultants: Arnie Parrish, Kathy VanDeCar, C. Kurt Dewhurst, Fred Nahwooksy, Debbie Galvan, Peter Wehr, and George Cornell
Exhibits Curator: Juan Alvarez; Exhibits Coordinator: Frances Vincent; Exhibits Technicians: Eric Weston and Phil Leinhart
General Assistants: Erica Adams, Laurie Anderson, Melanie Atkinson, Kristin Corra, Ruth Fitzgerald, Rosanne Jekot, Richard Kennedy, and Lynne Swanson

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