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Saskatchewan dancer named head man dancer at prominent U.S. powwow
Jamon Paskemin dances at the Indian Nations Finals Powwow in Las Vegas. (Keya Clairmont)
Angelina Irinici and Laura Woodward, CTV Saskatoon
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:27PM CST
A Sweetgrass First Nation man will lead the grand entry of dancers at a renowned powwow in New Mexico at the end of the month.
Jamon Paskemin, 20, has been selected as the head man dancer for the Gathering of Nations Powwow. The event hosts tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from around the world.
“It feels good to be picked as head dancer. It’s kind of just hitting me now,” Paskemin said.
The head man and head lady dancers are chosen to represent all dancers at the powwow and are selected based on their knowledge of traditions, dance experience and notoriety on the powwow circuit.
Paskemin has been dancing since he was two years old.
The Gathering of Nations will include more than 3,000 dancers and 50 drum groups competing and more than 800 artisans displaying and selling their work. It takes place April 28 and 29 in Albuquerque.