39th Champion of Champions Powwow attracts hundreds

SIX NATIONS — The 39th Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow opened last Friday, with performances by World Teen Hoop Dance Champion Ascension Harjo, James Wilson and Joe Tohonnie Jr., with the Apache Crown Dancers.

Throughout the culturally charged weekend, hundreds of visitors were treated to two days full of dancing, singing, craft vendors and food.

Saturday evening showcased the mens fancy dance special presented to the Shognosh family dubbed the “Sugar Bear Showdown,” in memory of Sugar Bear Shognosh — a powerful fancy dancer with a unique form of dancing who was known for his sunglasses.

First Place Champion of the Nelson “Sugarbear” Shognosh Memorial Showdown went to Patrick Mitsuing , Loon Lake Sask, Second Place went to Xavier Little Head from Lanwrence Kansas, Third Place went to Hunter Burridge from New Freedom P.A., Fourth Place went to Ascension Harjo from Six Nations, and Fourth Place went to Josh Hill from Glen Rock, P.A..

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