The following photo gallery is from the Forgotten People Dine' Be' Iina' na' hil naa (Dine' Rebuilding Communities) Benefit Social Song and Dance to celebrate the lifting of the Bennett Freeze on Saturday, June 13. The event was held at Toh Naneesdizi (Tuba City) Community Center and was a great success. All photos courtesy of the Forgotten People.
The song and dance featured a food sale by Black Falls and Box Springs residents, a giveaway to group singers, door prizes, about 70 group singers and a raffle.
Here is a listing of the raffle prize winners:
Alana Lee Yazzie of Winslow won a live sheep donated by Mary and John Knight from Black Falls;
Nick Alex of Brighton, Mass. won a weaving by Zena Lane of Black Mesa and a camping tent;
Madeline Sloan of Tuba City won $100 in cash donated by Clarence Raphael of Tuba City;
Kee Crawford of Hidden Springs won a rug dress woven by Caroline Tohannie of Black Mesa;
Lee Canyon of Tuba City won a sheepherder basket donated by Glenna Begay of Black Mesa;
Rose Koiyaquaptewa of Kykotsmovi won a quilt donated by LaDawn Yazzie of Tuba City;
Daniel Dejolie of Tuba City won hay and grain;
Sarah Yellowhorse of Gap won a sheepherder basket donated by Jean Williams of Tuba City;
Marie Tsosie of Tuba City won a quilt donated by LaDawn Yazzie of Tuba City;
Albert James won a live sheep donated by Mrytle and Hubert Yellowhorse of Gap;
Rita Sebastian of Cape Cod, Mass. won a sash belt donated by Debbie Yazzie of Tuba City;
Marsha Monestersky of Tonalea won a coral bracelet donated by Carol Colorado of Grey Mountain;
Lorenzo Fowler of Tonalea won a live sheep donated by Elsie Tohannie of Black Falls;
Marilyn Yellowman won a sheepherder basket donated by Shirley Morgan of Gap;
Steven Yancey of Glenwood won a truck load of firewood donated by Teddy Begay Jr. of Black Mesa;
George Kee of Black Falls won a Mexican shawl blanket donated by Carlos Begay Sr. of Black Mesa;
Ronald Tohannie of Black Falls won two folding chairs donated by Valis Martinez of Cactus Valley;
LG Pinto won a Mexican shawl blanket donated by Carlos Begay Sr. of Black Mesa.
Thank yous go to our sponsors: Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Harkins Movie Theater, Basha's, Fabric Plus, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 7-11. Thank you Veterans and Black Falls, Box Springs, Tuba City, Gap, Black Mesa and Cactus Valley residents for your help. The money raised will benefit projects in the former Bennett Freeze and Hopi Partitioned Lands.
If you want to find out more about Forgotten People, please attend a meeting every Monday night at 6 p.m. (DST) at Debbie Yazzie's residence, located south of the old airport in Tuba City or call (928) 401-1777, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.