29th Annual Seafair Pow Wow 2016
Hello, my name is Mark Sison pronounced ( Seesun ) my father is Mark Sison and my mother was Patricia Hunsucker. I am an enrolled member of the Nisqually tribe. I am also Yakama and Puyallup. I was born and raised in Seattle mostly on Queen Anne hill. I attended Queen Anne High. Back in the mid 70s auditions were held at Daybreak Star for the First Indian Honor Band. I auditioned and was one of three selected from our State. There were over three hundred of us from all over the U.S. we all met up in Salt Lake City for a week of practice before flying off to Washington DC to play at the halftime of the Washington, Dallas football game on Thanksgiving day. My father is Mark Sison.He worked early on for Northwest Indian News on KRAB radio. He and Bernie were friends and I remember him as Uncle Bernie. My step mother was Tanna Beebe. She was the first Native American television reporter in the USA for all major metropolitan market. She worked at Kiro 7 .
Clarissa Antone is from the Blackfeet/Yakama/Squamish/Cowichan tribes, adopted Colville. She was born and raised in Seattle. Parents are Debbie Antone, David & Leona fernandes, grand parents John & Marie Antone. She has been a dancer, representing her family and tribes since she could walk. In those years, she has been fancy, jingle and traditional. She is very honored to serve and Head Woman Dancer. Clarissa loves to spend time with her blood family and her powwow family. She brings smiles to everyone she meets, from babies to elders. Clarissa loves learning about her tribal heritage and practices many traditional ways, especially beading for her children, family, and others. Especially her raffles. Clarissa’s love for powwows second to none. You can find her at a powwow almost every weekend. She has a respect for the Circle, the drum, the dancers and the staff. Her laugh is contagious and her smile is warm. She is at home at the powwow. Aside from the powwows, Clarissa participates in the Canoe Journey. She loves the songs, the water and her Sacred Water Canoe Family. She has a very large place in her heart for the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. She was a student in the Headstart Program way, waaayy back when… also her children were students. She was a teacher on and off for 12 years, keeping Bernie Whitebear’s mission alive by teaching the Native Curriculum. Her adopted Dad, Michael Rounds, even helped build the Daybreak Star Center. Seafair Powwow has always been one of her favorites, even in the rain!! If you have a chance, please introduce yourself to this wonderful lady. She loves meeting new people from all over the Indian Country.
Seafair Indian Days Warrior (2015-2016)
Mason Arliss Jefferson is 8 years old and going into 3rd grade. His parents are Anthony (Lummi/Colville) and Courtney (Tulalip) Jefferson. His grandparents are Willetta George (Lummi/Colville) and Fred Jefferson (Lummi Nation) and Toni Sheldon (Tulalip/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) and Phillip Alexander (Tulalip/Lummi). Mason has been a powwow dancer since the age of 5. He has grown up around the powwow drum just like his father has. Mason enjoys riding his bike, swimming and is an amazing kick ball player. Mason enjoyed representing DayBreak Star Little Warrior for this past year. He was carried this honor with great pride. We thank you for this opportunity and appreciate having the ability for our children to grow up in this sacred circle.
Miss Seafair Indian Days Princess (2015-2016)
Kailah Nanamkin is 17 years old and has graduated from Republic High School. She is planning on attending Wenatchee College and pursuing a degree in Nursing in Pediatrics. Kailah has been dancing since she was a tiny tot and has participated in all the girls dance categories; jingle, fancy shawl, and traditional. She currently dances in Teen Girls Traditional Category because her heart pulls her to the traditional style. She makes all of her own regalia. She sews her own dresses and beads all of her regalia pieces. Kailah lives on the Colville Reservation with her grandmother and her Aunt. She is a very focus and determined young lady and we would encourage everyone to say hello to this smart and beautiful young lady. She will be sponsoring a Tiny Tot special this year, to give back to the community and the children.