By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – A powwow to honor and remember the life of elder Truma Teton Davis was on Saturday, May 20.
A memorial song sung by Ghost Canyon was dedicated to Truma, with her family representing her.
Three women wore their beaded traditional dresses made by Truma. She made 25 of them in her lifetime and also horse regalia.
Randy’L Teton wore her dress Truma had made for her after she was selected as the model for the U.S. Mint gold dollar coin. Bobette Haskett reminisced about trying on vintage cloth dresses made by Truma and said after she won the Miss Shoshone-Bannock and Miss Indian America titles; Truma decided to make her a buckskin dress.
Many shared their experiences knowing Truma and how she was a loving and kind woman.
A feast was sponsored during break.
A women’s traditional 55 & over dance contest was sponsored with Emma George winning first place; Vivian Wahtomy won second place; Sandy Plentywounds won third place and Tanya Reese won fourth place.
Emcee for the event was Tyson Shay; Arena Directors were Cody Davis and Alex Graves; Host Drum was Ghost Canyon; Honor Drum was Medicine Thunder; Head Man Dancer was Elijah Edmo; Head Lady Dancer was Summer Baldwin.
Elijah Edmo sponsored a Men’s Traditional Special with first place Leo Eaglespeaker, second place Coleman Dann and third place Manford Walks.
Summer Baldwin sponsored an Owl Dance Contest with Coleman Dann and Kayla Marshall winning first place.
The following are contest dance winners:
Jr. Girls Fancy Shawl: third Cinncee Washakie, second Kilynn Eldridge, first Gabrielle Appenay.
Jr. Girls Jingle: third Raylee Shane, second Taykota Thorpe, and first Logan Wahtomy.
Jr. Girls Traditional: third LeNise Ish, second Susan Avilla-Dixey, and first Yezlin ‘Zids’ Arrow White.
Jr. Boys Fancy Feather: first Wrendon Osborne.
Jr. Boys Traditional: first Gator Boyd.
Teen Girls Fancy Shawl: third Angela Nevarez, second Brianna Frank, first Mary Benally.
Teen Girls Jingle: third KiRae Gonzalez, second Layla Buckskin, first Ontaria Arrow White.
Teen Girls Traditional: third Jackie Nappo, second Tobie Thomas, first Taina Pennecoose.
Teen Boys Grass: first James Singer.
Teen Boys Traditional: second Tyren Dann, first James Osborne.
Women’s Fancy Shawl: third Jessica Edmo, second Shaneesha Buck, and first Sally Anne Jack.
Women’s Jingle: third Taylor Haskett, second Mia Murillo, and first Kylee White.
Women’s Traditional: third Seleste Stone, second December Ariwite, and first Brittney Hunter.
Men’s Fancy Feather: third Rog Benally, second Tyler Schrock, and first Hunter Osborne.
Men’s Grass: third Wayne Crue, second Ron Kickingwoman, and first Joseph Baldwin.
Men’s Traditional: third Devin Nagitsy, second Leo Eagle Speaker, and first Coleman Dann.
Women’s Golden Age (50+): third Vivian Wahtomy, second Sandy Plentywounds, and first Emma George.
Men’s Golden Age (50+): third Ira Walks, second Manford Walks, and first Duke Dixey.