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Old 04-09-2010, 11:45 AM   #41
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by now you should have a pretty good idea if ur goin or not. if u decide to go last minute or not its gonna be fun and if u dont then make sure u check out the webcast here.
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I am taking my girls to dance this year. For the first time, I dont think I am going to dance. Just enjoy the atmosphere and probably check out alot of the eating places you guys described? lol....My boyfriend is having a pow wow that Thursday in Bernilillo, with contest in men's trad, grass, women's jingle and southern cloth. So you guys come check it out. Then he has to work at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (?) that whole weekend, so we are just gona watch the girls dance and hang out. I am anxious to see how the outdoor atmoshphere affects the pow wow in comparison to the Pit? I think alot more people will come and enjoy the spacing. I am from Oklahoma, I dont go to New Mexico often so for once I want to enjoy the whole scene without worrying about grand entry, etc etc. Plus, my oldest daughter dances against me now...lol...its time for golden age but I am not close to fifty yet? lol
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still unsure if I am singing or not....but still definitely going....got my folks to go as well and also my sister....so it should be fun....hopefully my daughter will be going as well.....
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ya ill be there sure! if u all want to get together and get our mexican munch on somewhere im down with that.
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bought my ticket today! i'll be there! hopefully dancing this time! :)
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i totally could not be a judge because im partial to the pretty navajos *L* and ojibwe contestants. seriouly though GON has selected some outstanding MIW's. its really nice to see them continue on and be even more successful.

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the current MIW bio says theres some ojibwe blood in there somewhere. well it doesnt say it exactly like that! lol but it would be nice if she showed part of that in her presentation. or not
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the good part about when GON takes place.. no full moon! haha *whew* feel safer now jk
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were you planning on coming out bro???...LOL!!!
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scary... definitely have to take that into consideration...
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GATHERING OF DOLLARS POWWOW 2010

Once again, I would like to say Tansi! Ya’et’eeh! Hau!, Mike!, and Hello!, to all my relations on Turtle Island !

Again, I would like to remind everyone that Powwow season is here again and wish everyone safe travels from your home fires to your destinations.

Last year, I shared some of my concerns regarding the Gathering of Nations Powwow. The coordinator of the Gathering of Nations powwow, Derrick Mathews, responded to my email. Unfortunately, he did not offer any hope that those concerns would be addressed and as expected, denied the allegations.

I fear this year’s Gathering of Nations Powwow will continue in its tradition of many extravagant and burdensome fees. Parking fees, entrance fees, drum group fees, and even dancing fees. Were this a car show in Las Vegas, I would completely understand, but it seems very out of place at a powwow. I recognize that successful powwows require funds to operate, and should have the funds (prizes) up front. Most powwows have committees that engage in fundraising activities through out the year. Powwows that engage in profiteering, at the expense of the participants, don’t really keep with the reason we hold powwows in the first place.

I am particularly concerned about the fees drum groups and singers have to pay to sing and dance. For a drum group consisting of 8-12 singers, they usually travel in 4-5 vehicles to a powwow. Without drum groups there would be no powwow. However, these vital participants are asked to pay a fee to park, a fee to enter, and a fee to sing. Add the cost of fuel, food, and accommodations and it can be quite overwhelming. Dancers have the same dilemma…, equally important, and equally burdened with fees.

In the last year, I received several emails from venders that sold their crafts at this powwow, and expressed their displeasure of how they were treated by GON staff. These individuals also have to pay a fee for entering, parking, and other ridiculous fees. Many of the Native vendors use the money generated from selling go toward providing scholarships and other expenses for their children. The vendors work on their crafts night and day to make a decent dollar, but also have to compete with non-Indian Traders that are given priority for space and are usually housed indoors.

What is happening to us? Are we losing our traditional ways? Do we no longer acknowledge the teachings of our ancestors on respect, hospitality, and honesty? Just because one can exploit his neighbor to get gain, does not mean it is okay. This is not our way; this is the way of other peoples. We have endured this exploitative treatment at the hands of others, must we now experience at the hands of our own?
Haven’t we been taught by our elders to honor visitors? When visitors come to us don’t we open the door, invite them in, feed them, and offer a little gift of appreciation for their visit? Now, they must pay a fee to park, pay to come in, pay to participate, and maybe this year, pay to leave!!!

Most disturbing in my mind is where the fees go. Does anyone know? Sadly, the answer is ‘no’, only Mr. Mathews knows. There is no accounting for the hundreds of thousands of dollars generated at this powwow. Mr. Mathews refuses to disclose any information on the finances of the powwow, he did provide me with bogus numbers when I inquired. Also kept secret is his large and spacious house with the electric swinging gates with camera security. I hate to think money, taken from drum groups and dancers had anything to do with this.

Also less known to those who don’t live in the Albuquerque area is Mr. Mathew’s involvement with the Box Office. He is largely responsible for what events occur in Albuquerque . A non-profit Native organization in Albuquerque attempted to sponsor a traditional powwow on a Wednesday, a couple days before Gathering of Nations powwow. Derrick Mathews approached the committee and demanded that they cancel their powwow because the date was too close to his GON powwow. Ironically, he insisted that this small traditional powwow, which is embodied the spirit and purpose of a powwow, take a back seat to his non-traditional, lifeless event (I’m tired of using the term “powwow” as it doesn’t seem to be a very accurate description of this event. Powwows follow the traditions of our people and foster cultural respect and brotherhood, things which continue to elude Mr. Mathew’s event.).

The other sad thing I want to address is the individuals that continue to assist him yearly. Did these individuals sign life-time contracts with Derrick? I’m sure they get a good chunk of that “Indian Money” as payment to continue assisting with no guilt. I know some drum groups (Northern or Southern) have signed five (5) year contracts to continue attending GON, therefore, those drums have a very good chance in placing in the drum contest yearly! As one Blackfoot Elderly man once said, “Once you make a name for yourself on the powwow circuit, you don’t have to try as hard!” I know Mr. Mathews and his committee have a habit of hand-picking the winners. I have received several emails from former contestants and family members of the “Miss Indian World” contest. Why is it that majority (if not all) of the judges are non-native? Do they have that right to name a contestant “Miss Indian World?” Shouldn’t the Native People of Indian Country and not a non-native determine who should carry such a title? Is this fair? This is where “Honesty” comes in as I mentioned earlier.

My brothers and sisters of Turtle Island , how much longer will we continue to allow Mr. Mathews to wreak havoc to our way of life, culture, and beliefs? Until all powwows are lifeless like his? Till our children no longer understand the purpose and spirit of powwows?

I’m sure most of the Indian Country in the U.S. and Canada heard about a non-native that conducted a “Sweat lodge” ceremony in Sedona , AZ several months ago, and three individuals (whom were non-native) died from it. And thing was, this individual charged a fee. One played with someone else’s beliefs/culture and the end result was tragic. Arizona State Senator, Albert Hale (Navajo) may be proposing a bill to legislation in Arizona and make it into law on “Who” should conduct sweats. Yes! It has come to that! Should we include powwows to that bill?

Gathering of Nations coordinator, Derrick Mathews periodically sends out a “Newsletter”, mainly an update on how his family is doing and mentions his wife’s (Dr. Lita Mathews) health. Sorry to hear that she is having health problems, but again, abuse one’s belief/culture, bad things can happen. These are teachings from our Elders, which we at times neglect to honor. They say, “These ceremonies, songs, dances, plants, and medicines that Creator has given us to utilize are used for healing and such, so therefore, use them right, don’t abuse them.” Have we or let others crossed that line?
The issue here once again is: To what extreme will one DO for the “All Mighty Dollar?” Is it an irony Derrick Mathew’s email name is “Mighty Force?”
For most Tribes, we have legends and myths about “monsters” killing off our people, and eventually, have to come together and fight off the monsters in order to survive and live again back in harmony. I believe it is time that we as First Nation’s People unite and bring the “Giant” down.

So with that said, my Brothers and Sisters on Turtle Island, here I stand alone to confront this “Giant”, unless you stand with me, we can be a strong Nation once again. Again, my argument remains the same. Funds generated from this “Show” should be distributed to various Tribes in the U.S. and Canada to be used for scholarships, cultural and educational activities for our youth.

Again, my name is Dar win Whitstone.

Hiy-hiy, Pilamayapo, Ahe’ee’he’, Tow-aoc, Aho, and Thank you.
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This morning we received the malicious e mail that you have circulated. It is obvious that you have a tremendous chip on your shoulder. The accusations against me and what we do are unfair and un-true. We do not hand pick Miss Indian World, We do not determine the winners of the pow wow. I also believe that you are also insulting many very well respected native people who participate and are involved in this great event. They need not hear from you to determine whether they should be involved.Sorry to say, I do not have my hand in other events happening in Albuquerque. And if i am involved in any other events, that is none of your business. It is my free will to become involved in any activities of my choice. To the contrary of your opinions, me and my family are upstanding and contributing members of our community. Our reputation to the contributions which we have made speak for themselves. Many of which we have been able to do because of the gathering of Nations. The Gathering of Nations is our life's work. we believe in what we do, and do not seek domination. As to the blog on the Gathering of Nations web site concerning Lita's health. We have found the blog information to be very benificial to many people, both native and non who are struggling with such health conditions. We have chosen to share her experience, not for sympathy, but to bring to light the seriousness of this silent killer. There have been many people, through learning and reading about her situation have come forward and seek medical help for themselves. I must disagree with you as to why she has been stricken with this illness. It has nothing to do with the things we do. If you have read the blog from the beginning you would understand how she contacted Hep C.

As to where the money goes... It goes directly into the production of this GREAT event. Since you do not have the experience of such production you have no idea what it requires to produce. We provide travel stipends for the entire head staff to attend, we the provide honorariums to the entire head staff. And so much more. We also do what we can to support smaller events and people who request help. But that does not matter to you. Yes we do hold on to some funds so that we can live from year to year. We are not crooks or cheats. We provide a fair contest to all who compete. There are no separate fees for singing or dancing. We provide admission discounts to singers and dancers. If we could it would be free. We are not a casino or casino backed. we must raise the operating fees the best ways which we can. and one of those is through admissions. This is the same for the Denver Pow wow or any many, off reservation events. There are many aspects of the Gathering of Nations which we receive no revenue from what so ever. One of which is the free performance space for contemporary musicians. This has in the past couple of years been very positive. Through our efforts we have been able to give exposure to these groups which has resulted in paying gigs elsewhere and recording contracts. To my knowledge this is not happening for Native performers anywhere else. We have actually had more request to perform than can be accommodated in the two days of the event.

I have been told by some who know you better than I, who have recommended to me to contact the Canadian authorities to get your criminal records and to expose them. I could care less about your personal background. So at this time i have no interest in doing that. I think that most people, and this is based upon the responses and comments which we have received from many people , that they are tired of your tirades and slanderous accusations. The pow wow people know who we are and what we stand for. Unlike you, we see many of them many times through out the year as we travel about. Also, I want to inform you that these types of attacks only bring more attention and success to the event. The curiosity of those, brings them to the event to see for themselves. And they come in large numbers. All is going well here as we move forward to do our very best to produce the best pow wow possible and to to our best to ensure that all who attend enjoy themselves. So keep it up Mr. whitestone & we will watch our numbers of those visiting our website and attending the Gathering of Nations to go up. The event is not mandatory. Those who choose to attend do it from their own free will.
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well ur all free to post here, it was jus a matter of time before he showed up. ill accept it even though i dont believe it to be true. there is alot of honorable guests and staff that go into what make GON what it is. i prefer to be a member of the thousands that have been involved and entertained by a very nice pw.

at the basic level of things, everywhere me and the gurl choose to go costs us money. if we attend the PBR, concerts, state playoffs, movies, etc. it adds up.

its unfortunate u had to read this in my post cause im pretty positive about alot of things and this is the opposite of what i was striving for. i guess in addition to slammin GON he also slammin mee because his statement goes against what im saying here.

under no circumstances will i ever present myself this way to anybody. theres no way i can make myself spread that amount of bitterness. *L* i hope that u will believe mee when i say this is a nice pw.
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i was driving truck today and so i took along two cassette tapes from past GONs. i recorded the songs from the late Darrell Jacks special. those were some jammin songs! and there were some other songs from specials on there and the rest was TBZ. High Noon sang a nice one for the new MIW. some hoop dancer got like eight rockin push ups.. love it, yellowface was on there and i didnt know i recorded their song for when they did the special. oh man so today i jammed my cassettes lol

there were some memorable specials over the years, i know people remember Tito and the show he put on during MC Dennis Bowen smoke dance special.. i dont know for sure but i dont think he was very happy with that. anyways there is a back story for mee. that yr started out rough and jus seemed to linger on. and i can almost trace things back to when everything clicked and jus had one hella year. it was when i laughed my a** off during that special. oh well, i never thanked Dennis for helping me in that way. but way to go and yay! to the power of laughter
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well ur all free to post here, it was jus a matter of time before he showed up. ill accept it even though i dont believe it to be true. there is alot of honorable guests and staff that go into what make GON what it is. i prefer to be a member of the thousands that have been involved and entertained by a very nice pw.

at the basic level of things, everywhere me and the gurl choose to go costs us money. if we attend the PBR, concerts, state playoffs, movies, etc. it adds up.

its unfortunate u had to read this in my post cause im pretty positive about alot of things and this is the opposite of what i was striving for. i guess in addition to slammin GON he also slammin mee because his statement goes against what im saying here.

under no circumstances will i ever present myself this way to anybody. theres no way i can make myself spread that amount of bitterness. *L* i hope that u will believe mee when i say this is a nice pw.
well said bro
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