Youth Scholarship Fund Project
The Youth Scholarship Fund seeks to assist young men and women who wish to attend The Dance For All People and other events in order to learn basic principles of Ceremony and Native American traditions around the Tree of Life...

About the Youth Scholarship Fund Project

It is the young men and women who are our future. The only way we will ever hope to prepare for the seventh generation to come is to nurture and care for our children today. In these uncertain times when the education of the young ones in the public school systems continues to deteriorate, we must rethink and take responsibility for those who will follow in our footsteps.

We must remember that from time immemorial what constituted education and nurturance was an oral tradition where the young ones absorbed the teachings and wisdom of their family and elders. The very survival of each and every person and the tribe as a whole depended on the collective wisdom of the community. Unlike our current culture, no one was expendable; each person had their place, their value, and their gifts.

The NCPC is proud to sponsor the Youth Scholarship Fund Project to assist young men and women (ages 18-24) to attend The Dance For All People in order to learn basic principles of Ceremony and Native American traditions around the Tree of Life. In so doing we hope to inspire the next generation to discover for themselves their own connection to Spirit, and how to walk this Earth in a good way. The Project is again active this year with funding for outstanding native and non-native youth who have an interest in discovering Native tribal culture, ceremonies, and the ways of Spirit. Tyler Pounds of the Shawnee/Choctaw Tribe has been provided with a month-long summer internship to the Fort Hall Reservation. J. Everic Dupuy of the Blackfoot Nation was also provided funds to spend time with tribal elders and participate in ceremonies both in Fort Hall and on the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana. Both young men have written about their big adventures this summer (see below).

Tyler Pounds and Everic Dupuy at Ft. Hall

TYLER POUNDS WRITES:

To the Board Members of the NCPC:

This summer while attending the Fort Hall Indian Reservation I learned many things culturally that I would not else have learned elsewhere. These things include learning how the Naraya ceremony works and what rights are performed before, after and during the ceremony. Such as filtering the circle, how to properly call in the spirits, how to prepare a purified scry using gopher dirt, etc.. I also got to experience the different Naraya communities and saw how the different dances worked and moved through different communities. For example the Wolf Creek Naraya dance is the largest of all dances, had loads of energy, also had a lot of faerie magic. But when I went to the Santa Cruz Naraya dance, the energy was very small but sincere. The energy also had a very “Native” feel to it as it was sitting on Native land that had never been conquered.

While on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation I also learned many traditional ceremonies such as the “Sun Dance” ceremony that was performed by Laine Thom. I learned how to cut and water the Tuhlee’s. I also learned about the Sun Dance Ceremony and what it takes on a person physically, spiritually, emotionally. After the Sun Dance Ceremony, Clyde Hall instructed me on how to properly dress and clean a dead eagle. I learned how to separate the eagle wing bone (whistle bone) from the carcass, as well as how to properly separate the tail feathers and fluffs from the rest of the eagle.

Some of the most important things that were taught to me this summer were the traditional Native Arts and Crafts (which are dying out). Clyde Hall instructed me on how to create necklaces, how to properly bead garters using a classic “zipper stitch”. I also learned about the importance of keeping these traditional Native crafts alive and how they support the local Native economy through traditional craftwork. Also the making of Pow Wow regalia and the opportunity to participate in the Shoshone Bannock Festival as a dancer as well as how to properly handle and take care of the regalia. Many things are taught of Traditional beliefs, ceremony and life ways by being there and observing and participating.

I also have” picked up” my pipe training again, after a period of time and will continue this practice and study until I am ready to have a pipe dedication in the future. I have realized that it is a serious matter that one needs to practice a “balanced life” in order to carry this sacred object of prayer. I now better understand what it truly means to be a pipe carrier, as I was not living a life of spirit and it was preventing me from carrying such sacred objects. I hope to do better by the people in my life, heart, community through this pipe that I have once again taken up. I do thank the NCPC for providing me with this life changing opportunity!

This concludes my report for the summer 2015 Internship (Sponsored by the NCPC).

Tyler M. Pounds

J. EVERIC DUPUY WRITES:

TO: The NCPC Board Of Directors

First, I want to thank you all for years of support. You members of the NCPC Board have seen something in me and have supported me in connecting me with my Blackfeet heritage, Two Spirit community, and my travels to Fort Hall, ID, to learn from mentor and adopted Uncle, Clyde Hall. These precous times spent with the elders will be so invaluable in the years to come!

This year, I started my journey from the Wolf Creek Sanctuary Dance. Arriving back to Seattle, I then traveled back to the Blackfeet Reservation with my family for a small family reunion, but not before joining miss Spirit Wildcat in Missoula for Big Sky Pride.

I stayed in Browning through North American Indian Days. After the Montana Two Spirit Gathering, Then I traveled down to Fort Hall, ID with Miss Spirit Wildcat. I only was in Fort Hall with Clyde and Tyler Pounds for a week, but it was a really big and eventful week!

I had valuable time with my elder Howard Rides-At-The-Door. I even assisted him in setting up his niitoyiss, tipi. I went to a historical "fashion" show demonstrating Sho-Ban clothing style from the 1860's to 1950's. I assisted Clyde with the set up of a special exhibit of he and Evelyn Tindore's traditional art at the Sho-Ban art show. Clyde won 3rd place for traditional art, and Evelyn won 1st place in Shoshone Bannock beadwork!

Tyler Pounds, Clyde, and I dressed in our Native regalia attempted to dance grand opening at the Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival on Friday night, however there was heavy rain, so we danced to a few of the drum competition songs until it was getting too wet! (The pow wow was cancelled). Following that we had to dry out our feathers and buckskin. It was an excellent learning opportunity with Clyde on how to dress for the event, keeping a good attitude when dressing and how to take care and repair wet buckskin, feathers and regalia!

All in all it, was a wonderful time! I now am getting ready for the Montana Dance next week. I always appreciate all the things that NCPC does for our various dances and causes. And for myself! Thank you for assisting me again this year with travel funds to Ft. Hall and back to my home in Missioula, Mt.!

I know that many beautiful fruits will ripen in due time. with love and gratitude,

Sincerely,
Everic Turtle "Spopi" Dupuy


All interested persons are encouraged to apply for a Youth Scholarship using our Contact Page for more information.