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Old 11-10-2006, 12:30 PM   #1
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Kristyn Watchmaker. She has been dancing since she was able to walk, first as a Fancy Shawl Dancer, then at age seven she became a Jingle Dress Dancer then at age 10 she found her passion in dancing and became a Traditional Dancer. Ever since then she has done her utmost to carry herself with as much dignity and respect the dance demands. She has traveled throughout Canada from Lethbridge Alberta to Toronto, Ontario and throughout the USA from California to Hartford, Connecticut. She has represented our community of Kehewin, Alberta as the Junior Princess, and the Senior Princess with pride, dignity and respect. Kristyn is not only recognized by her ability to make friends instantly but also by her beautiful regalia, though many may not know her by name they recognize her immediately by her traditional outfit.

The reason for this write-up is to tell you what has happened to Kristyn. Kristyn and her friend, also a traditional dancer traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend a Pow-wow on Friday, November 3, 2006. She danced in the grand entry at the Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Music Awards and for a few seconds you see her dancing in with the other Ladies’ Traditional Dancers. After the awards there was a two day Pow-wow which she said she enjoyed immensely, meeting old friends and making new. After the Pow-wow was over on Sunday, November 5 some friends offered them sleeping space in their hotel room. They could not bring their stuff in because of lack of space so they foolishly trusted and left their stuff in the car. This is where a dancer’s nightmare became reality for Kristyn and her friend. They woke up the next morning and found the vehicle broken into and all their stuff gone. Material things like everyday clothing, shampoo, makeup can be replaced but not things that mean so much and have such sentimental value as Kristyn’s regalia.

The story behind Kristyn’s regalia is that she designed and created the outfit for the first Canadian Nation Pow-wow in Edmonton where she ran for Miss Indian Canada. The outfit was her presentation for talent and was her first undertaking at beading, and believe me when I say it was quite an undertaking. Kristyn did not do all the work by herself but she did design it to her personality. With the assistance of mother (Ruby) her auntie (Lena), her grandmother (Theresa) and 4 of her closest friends it took ten months of long hours and late nights to finish this outfit for unveiling at the Nation Pow-wow. In the last week before the National Pow-wow it was round the clock beading with everyone taking turns sleeping while others beaded. Ever since then Kristyn has worked on it continuously, adding to it and replacing rhinestones and beads, she loved that outfit and took great care in maintaining it to keep it in just as great a shape as it was when she first created it. When Kristyn called me from Winnipeg to tell me that her outfit had been stolen I though how could anybody possible take something that is so valuable to another, they couldn’t possibly sell something that is so well know on the Pow-wow circuit as belonging to Kristyn, they couldn’t possible pass it off as their own. That is why I am submitting this in hopes that you will help us in letting people know out there that this has happened one too many times. That is why I call this a dancer’s nightmare, because this has not happened to just Kristyn and her friend but to many dancers. When Kristyn first left to go to the Aboriginal People’s Choice awards and the Pow-wow she was so excited and we at home watched the show in hopes that we may see her and when we did even for just a few seconds we were so proud of her and today she travels home devastated by the loss and disheartened by other peoples callous actions. We do not presume to believe that we may ever get this outfit back but should whoever took it feel any guilt or regret for taking it and want to return it put it on the bus (C.O.D.) to Kristyn Watchmaker, Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada (780)812-2209 or in the Mail (C.O.D.) Box 175, Kehewin, Alberta, Canada, T0A 1C0. or call us at 780-812-2209, 780-614-8220, 780-573-5545, or 780-826-7478

I do not want to name Kristyn’s friend nor put in a picture of her because I do not have a release at this time. If you can not print this please pass it on to whomever you may think might.

Thank you so much

Ronald & Ruby Watchmaker
Parents of Kristyn Watchmaker
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:51 PM   #2
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On Saturday, November 11, 2006 Kristyn called home and upon hearing “Mom I have some good news” and hearing the joy in her voice we immediately knew our prayers had been answered, her traditional outfit had come home to her.

Kristyn got a call from the Winnipeg RCMP to tell her that her and Charmaine Standing,s outfits had been recovered. They immediately left Saskatoon and traveled to Winnipeg to retrieve whatever was in the RCMP’s procession. Apparently the RCMP got a call from the people who had the outfits. They realized they were stolen after reading the article in the Winnipeg Free Press. There are still some items missing but what the girls got back is a huge step to rebuilding their outfits. Though the outfits could have been replaced threw hours and hours of hard work, the sentimental value and the memories surrounding these outfits could not. We all cried Kristyn, devastated with disappointment and shock, when her outfit was stolen and we all cried with her with joy and gratitude when it was returned. No one could know just how much this outfit means to Kristyn and her whole family, sentimentally every piece is irreplaceable.

Though there are many callous and heartless people in this world this incident has taught all of us that there are also many loving and caring people. Kristyn Watchmaker’s story was e-mailed to as many friends, acquaintances and newspapers as possible and they in turn forwarded to whom ever they could, years ago getting this outfit back would have been virtually impossible and even today there was only a glimmer of hope, but with the internet and caring people it became a reality. If it was not for the article printed in the Winnipeg Free Press the Winnipeg Police Department the girls would not have gotten their outfits back. Our faith has been restored in the honesty and care of other people. We would like to send out our deepest and sincerest gratitude to everyone who did what they did in passing on the word but most of all we would like to thank the good parents of the girl who returned the outfits to their rightful owners so that they may continue on their paths of maintaining their heritage and culture.

A mere Thank you could not express our gratitude but it is all we can say, Thank you, oh so much.

Ronald & Ruby Watchmaker
Parents of Kristyn Watchmaker
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:50 PM   #3
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I read in the paper this great news. I'm sorry that your family went through this horrible ordeal while visiting our city. I'm so glad the outfits have been recovered and returned.
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yea im glad that the ladies got their regalia back too ..
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