Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation pow wow dancer wins at Gathering of Nations

Thursday, May 19th, 2022 1:39pm

By Daniel Barker-Tremblay

Demi Potts from Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation wins first place at Gathering of Nations powwow competition in New Mexico



Demi Potts from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation won first place in the Junior Girls Fancy Shawl competition at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the end of April.

Potts, aged 12, competed against 30 other girls from ages 7-12 at the April 28-30 event.

Over 3,000 participants competed at this year’s Gathering of Nations, over 750 nations from the United States and Canada.

Potts mother, Claudette Pastion, says that she was extremely emotional when she watched her daughter win in the event.

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Demi Potts moments before she competes at Gathering of Nations (Photo Credits - Claudette Pastion)


Inspiration can come in many forms,  for Potts it was her older sister who introduced her to pow wow dancing says Pastion.

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Demi Potts holding her dance number at Gathering of Nations (Photo credits - Claudette Pastion)


Pastion says the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation was very supportive, embracing Potts' dancing and recent win at the Gathering of Nations.

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Demi Potts in front of Gathering of Nations entrance (Photo Credits - Claudette Pastion)

According to Pastion, Patience is key in the world of pow wow dancing.

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Family photo of Demi and her parents Claudette and Joe Pastion (Photo Credits - Claudette Pastion)


Pastion says her family is beyond thankful for all of the support they’ve received along the journey.



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