Published May 31, 2017
BERNALILLO, NEW MEXICO – Bernalillo a town that goes back in history a thousand years. More recently it has become a travel/ trade route to Mexico City. Bernalillo is surrounded by Sandia Mountains and Sandia Pueblo.
Steven Bluehorse is Lakota from the Rosebud Indian Reservation. He is a board member of the committee for “Save a life for Sobriety Children’s Pow Wow”.
BlueHorse and Girl Dancer Picture by Buffalo Woman
BlueHorse and Boy Dancer Picture by Buffalo Woman
Steven helped start the powwow nine years ago which he says, “Sobriety is my life.” The powwow is a project of local collaborative 16, which is a founding effort and spin off the Sandoval County D.W,I. program. Committee members include Steven Bluehorse , Glenda Toledo, Andrea Shije, Shirley Pino,and Becky Balllantine who has been an advocate for the Native Peoples for years.
The powwow at the Bernalillo middle school has grown over the years, as Bluehorse states, “Children are our future, children will see a good example of how we should be, the more Natives we can get into sobriety the better, the language carries the heart of the people.”
Lesa DeHaven has a firm disposition. Lesa was adopted at birth, and then through Hunka ceremony as Oglala Lakota. She has been integral part of the powwow for 5 years. she enjoys preparing food for the Head staff , big drums and family’s and elders. Over 200 people were fed fry bread , beef stew and choke cherry soup (wojopi).
She is dedicated to helping the community and the children of the “Save a Life for Sobriety Children’s Powwow. “This powwow is important to me because it shows we are coming together to show our children that our culture supports the future of them and community supports dancing and singing together and promotes learning their heritage and roots,” she states.
This community knows a good powwow , as well as the Dancers , drummers, singers and Veterans. Tree Cody Grammy award winner, astounding flute playing, and a veteran Champion dancer was there accompanied by his Fiance Rachel Kee.
Tree Cody and Rachel Kee Picture by Buffalo Woman
Steve Bluehorse welcomes everyone to the “Save a life for Sobriety Childrens Powwow.” He looks forward to seeing the community grow. seeing friends and family, the big drums are what really create the powwow to become a familiar event. The host drum Black Eagle, southern slam, wild crew ,Sunska , Hawk soldier and many more brought the Powwow to a beautiful end to an evening in the town of Bernilillo.
Steven Bluehorse say’s “next year we may have to see ourselves in a bigger venue”.
Guest Contributor Buffalo Woman