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Lyle Anderson Smoke Dance Competition attracts hundreds

KANOHSTATON — The Sixth Annual Lyle Anderson Memorial Smoke Dance Competition welcomed dozens of dancers and hundreds of spectators throughout the day on Saturday, August 25, to the Plank Road One Stop to enjoy the dancing of categories from six years old to golden age in memory of the well-known and respected dancer. The organization

KANOHSTATON — The Sixth Annual Lyle Anderson Memorial Smoke Dance Competition welcomed dozens of dancers and hundreds of spectators throughout the day on Saturday, August 25, to the Plank Road One Stop to enjoy the dancing of categories from six years old to golden age in memory of the well-known and respected dancer.

The organization committee included Emcee and Singer Cam Hill, Head Judge Keysa Parker, Arena Director Brian General, Male Head Dancer Lindyn Hill and Head Female Dancer Logan Booth, who each brought the event to life.

Winning dancers of the competition included:

Junior Girls:
First Place — Caye John of the Seneca Nation
Second Place — Ellie Booth of the Seneca Nation
Third Place — Jorja Doxtator of the Oneida Nation

Junior Boys:
First Place — Caias John of the Seneca Nation
Second Place — Renson Hill of the Mohawk Nation
Third Place — Winter Rivera of the Seneca Nation

Teen Girls:
First Place — Tia Thompson of the Seneca Nation
Second Place — Darion Jonathan of the Seneca Nation
Third Place — Keah George of the Tuscarora Nation

Teen Boys:
First Place — Frank Wesaw of the Seneca Nation
Second Place — Katsenhaienton Lazare of the Mohawk Nation
Third Place — Sako Elijah of the Oneida Nation

Women:
First Place — Emily Regis of the Mohawk Nation
Second Place — Keona George of the Tuscarora Nation
Third Place — Mandy Bomberry of the Mohawk Nation

Men:
First Place — Jake George of the Seneca Nation
Second Place — Eli Dowdy of the Tuscarora Nation
Third Place — Dave Smith of the Mohawk Nation

Golden Age Women:
First Place — Cis Skye of the Cayuga Nation
Second Place — Lisa Parker of the Seneca Nation
Third Place — Sue Skye of the Cayuga Nation

Golden Age Men:
First Place — Adam Skye of the Mohawk Nation
Second Place — Al George of the Cayuga Nation
Third Place — Kevin Bomberry of the Onondaga Nation

The competition in previous years was held in accordance with the Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow earlier this summer, but the switch allowed for the competition to go from noon until 9p.m., and to include more social dances. Congratulations to all dancers!

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