‘Nothing scary’ – the youth of song and dance

‘Nothing scary’ – the youth of song and dance

Navajo Times | Rima Krisst
The three siblings – Tatania, center, Aliyana and Travonte (No. 20) – all of the Tsosie family, participate in the song and dance competition during the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial on Aug. 12.


Alicia Tsosie was three years old when she first started to participate in song and dance competitions. Her family is very active in song and dance.

So it’s no surprise that her three children now compete. “Not only is it keeping them active, they’re surrounding themselves with a lot of people and making them less shy, to make them outgoing and realize there’s a lot of family out there,” Tsosie said. “There’s family in the song and dance circle.”

All three of her children, along with all the other kids who competed, took home a small cash prize. “It’s something they want to do,” she said. “They love their prizes.” Her youngest, four-year-old Travonte Tsosie, came running back with his prize.

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Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah