Manito Ahbee Pow Wow

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For Indigenous people, a pow wow is all about coming together to meet, dance and socialize.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our communities are on lock down and we wanted to find a way to connect our people to help raise their spirits. We are excited to introduce the Manito Ahbee 2020 Virtual Pow Wow!

The virtual platform for pow wow started in California. Tiny Rosales, an Ojibwe dancer and entrepreneur, wanted to connect with other dancers and offer support. She started an online platform for people to continue to dance pow wow while keeping themselves and their families safe.  The MAF Virtual Pow Wow is taking on this platform to provide programming.

There will be 32 dance categories and five specials. The MAF Virtual Pow Wow takes place July 12-18, 2020.  Much the same as our regular pow wow, dancers will need to register and follow the rules and regulations.  Each dancer will submit a video in their dance category.  Each video will include their dance clip and must be is to be recorded outdoors on their home land.  Judges will be assigned to each category and tabulations will be conducted by C & T Tabulations.  

The Manito Ahbee Virtual Pow Wow will be broadcast on our MAF Facebook page, MAF YouTube, MAF website, the Quarantine Pow Wow 2020 Facebook page and Powwows. com. 

Uploading Video to YouTube Instructions (Desktop)

  1. Visit:


  1. In the top right-hand corner of the page, click SIGN IN.


  1. Use your existing Gmail account to log in. If you don’t already have a Gmail account, you can follow these steps to create one:


  1. Once you are logged in, click on the circular icon in the top right-hand corner that now appears where SIGN IN was listed previously. A drop-down menu will open. Click CREATE A CHANNEL.


  1. You will be prompted to name your channel. Select to use either your name, or to assign a name. This will not affect your ability to upload videos, so select whichever option you are comfortable with.


  1. You will then be prompted to add information about your channel. You may enter information, or leave these fields blank. It will not affect your ability to upload videos.


  1. After creating a channel, you will find yourself at the CHANNEL DASHBOARD. In the middle of the screen, you should see the option to UPLOAD VIDEOS. Click here to begin your upload.


  1. Either drag and drop your video into the window, or click SELECT FILES and choose your video from the window that appears.


  1. Once you have selected a video, a new window will appear asking you to input a title and description. The title of your video must appear as follows: YOUR NAME, YOUR REGISTRATION NUMBER, YOUR DANCE CATEGORY, #MAFPOWWOW2020. Any entries that do not follow this formatting will not be considered in competition. Adding a description is optional, and will not affect the judging process.


  1. Options will be displayed as your video uploads. Do not upload your video to a playlist. Select YES, IT’S MADE FOR KIDS. Click


  1. You do not need to add Video Elements. Click NEXT


  1. In the Visibility section, select Do not schedule your video. Click SAVE.


  1. A window will appear indicating your video was published. COPY the video link that appears in this window.


  1. OPEN your preferred email service, and PASTE the video link into the body of the email. In the subject line, add YOUR NAME, YOUR REGISTRATION NUMBER, YOUR DANCE CATEGORY, #MAFPOWWOW2020 (same as the title of your video). Address the email to POWWOW@MANITOAHBEE.COM and hit


To view your video, SIGN IN in to YouTube, select the circular icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and from the drop-down menu select YOUR CHANNEL. From here, click YOUTUBE STUDIO, which will take you back to the CHANNEL DASHBOARD. From the CHANNEL DASHBOARD, select VIDEOS in the panel on the left side of the screen. If you need to edit any DETAILS about your video, hover your mouse over the video and click the icon that appears like a PENCIL. If you need to SHARE the link again, hover your mouse over the video and click the THREE DOTS ALIGNED VERTICALLY.  A drop-down menu will appear, where you can select GET SHAREABLE LINK to COPY the video link once again.


Your video is now submitted for the 2020 Manito Ahbee Virtual Pow Wow Festival! Please consult for scheduling and awards information.

WeTransfer Uploading Instructions
Using Desktop

 If you are having difficulty uploading your video, the following instructions are easier to follow and just takes a couple of minutes.  
The easiest way that we share files is by using Wetransfer. It is a secure service that doesn’t store your information. Here’s how it works:
2) This will appear on the homepage.
2) Click “I Agree”
3) All you need to do is fill out the form on the homepage.
3) Drag and drop your videos anywhere on the screen.
4) Under “email to” type in
5) Fill in your email address and you will receive a message letting you know that the WeTransfer was sent.
5)  In the message space please include the following so we know whose video it is  – YOUR NAME, YOUR REGISTRATION NUMBER, YOUR DANCE CATEGORY.
Then you can hit “send” and the videos will transfer directly to us. After a few days, the videos will be removed from the Wetransfer servers, so you don’t need to worry about your videos being stored indefinitely on any other 3rd-party websites.
We can upload the videos to YouTube once we receive them, and we’ll send you a link so you can see once it’s all finished.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

2020 Dancer Registration Demonstration Video

Disclaimer: The Manito Ahbee Festival Inc., & Pow Wow Committee will not be held responsible for any injuries and/or accidents sustained while participating in the Virtual Pow Wow that may occur through negligence by the individual, spectators, friends and relatives. I also give my permission for photos/videos to be used by the general media for the purpose of promotion and news releases and consent to receiving emails from Manito Ahbee Festival


Boozhoo! My Name is Tiny Rosales. I was born and raised in California by way of Belcourt, ND (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) I dance Old Style Jingle. My Family and I travel throughout the US and Canada. My husband Hector Rosales and I have 6 Children. We stared the Quarantine Dance Specials 2020 Page after we had a Woodland Special for my son Arley’s initiation special on my personal FB page. When Pow wow’s were getting cancelled, I had a thought- I had to do something to “Keep The People Dancing” the world needs our prayers the most during these times. I pray my hardest when I dance, I know that goes for other dancers as well. We have to keep our feet/moccasins connected with the earth. I talked to my Husband about having a Jingle Special and decided to create the page. I’ve always encouraged friends and family to dance since I was a little girl. Even loaning my outfit to them or now in my adult age, every year at Stanford Pow Wow (my home PW) I take my kids old outfits and give them away to other kids I think can put use to them. We found a way to Keep Dancing no matter what obstacles are in the way. I didn’t expect for this to grow as much as it has and I’m grateful for the amount of support it’s reached. It makes me happy to see others sponsoring specials/Pow Wow’s. The messages from around the world how it’s “uplifted their sprits” “saved their life” will stick with me for ever! I would like to say Chi Miigwech to the Manito Ahbee Committee for hosting The 2020 Manito Ahbee Virtual Pow Wow on the Quarantine Dance Specials 2020 Page and helping to “Keep The People Dancing”

2020 Virtual Pow Wow Official Rules

  • Pre registration for dancers begins on June 15, 2020 at 9:00am CDT and will close on Sunday June 21st, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT.
  • Registration will be on the Manito Ahbee website: 
  • Dance contestants should record their dance videos in full regalia to the specific song that will be provided by our invited drum groups at 
  • Dance contestants video must be shot on the land. 
  • NO Edited video allowed. 
  • Judges will be selected by Head Dance Judge.
  • Dance contestants can register in one category only. Numbers assigned by  C & T Tabulations. But printed or written by contestant 
  • Demo on how to pre register, record your video and submit will be available on 
  • Dancers record their video, per the instructions in the Demonstration Video located on the, upload it to Youtube, videos will be accepted starting Monday, June 22, 2020 9:00AM CDT until June 28, 2020 midnight CDT
  • No videos will be accepted after midnight on June 28, 2020. You must indicate your name, category and registered number, on the title, and before you dance. Also need to use #MAFPowWow2020 in the description. Categories will start with the Golden Age/Junior/Teen/Senior Adults and Junior Adults. 

2020 Headstaff


  • Donald Speidel – SK, CAN


  • John “Shorty” Bearstail – ND, USA


  • Maryann Patrick- MB, CAN


  • Levi Nepoose – Omeasoo – AB, CAN


  • Kaigan Olson – MB, CAN


  • Watson Whitford – MT, USA


  • Tessa Holds the Enemy- Abbey – ND, USA


  • C & T Tabulators Services – SK, CAN


  • – SC, USA


  • Tiny Rosales, CA, USA


  • Laniece Asapace, SK, CAN


  • Showtime – SD, USA
  • Wakinyan Luta SD, USA
  • Battle River – MN, USA
  • Thunder Hill – OK, USA

2020 Dance Categories


Women’s: Jingle/Fancy Shawl (combined)
Women’s: Traditional
Men’s: Grass/Fancy Bustle (combined)
Men’s: Traditional

1st $500.00 2nd 300.00 3rd $200.00 4th $100.00


Girl’s: Fancy Shawl, Jingle, and Traditional  
Boy’s: Fancy Bustle, Grass, Prairie Chicken, and Traditional

1st $200.00 2nd $100.00 3rd $75.00 4th $50.00

TEEN (13–17 YRS)

Girl’s: Fancy Shawl, Jingle, and Traditional  
Boy’s: Fancy Bustle, Grass, Prairie Chicken, and Traditional

1st$300.00 2nd $200.00 3rd $100.00 4th $75.00

Sr. ADULTS (40–59 YRS) & Jr. ADULTS (18–39 YRS)

Women’s: Fancy Shawl, Jingle, and Traditional  
Men’s: Fancy Bustle, Grass, Prairie Chicken, and Traditional

1st $500.00 2nd 300.00 3rd $200.00 4th $100.00

2020 Dance Specials

Rusty Gillette “Calm, Cool & Collected” Senior Grass Dance Special (40-59 YRS)

1st $400.00 2nd $300.00 3rd $200.00 4th 100.00

Ron McNab ‘ Not Sure Of His Age” Golden Age Grass Dance Special (60PLUS)

1st $400.00 2nd 300.00 3rd $200.00 4th $100.00

Hair Braiding Competition (OPEN TO EVERYONE)
Sponsored by: Teri Beads    

Pow Wow Style
1st 200.00 • 2nd 150.00 • 3rd 50.00

French Braid Style
1st 200.00 • 2nd 150.00 • 3rd 50.00

Dallas Waskahat – My 300lb Weight Loss Challenge (Singer’s Addition)

10 places at $100.00 each

90’s Throwback Hand Drum Special
Sponsored by: The John “Shorty” Bearstail & Family

$2500.00 (USD) Total Prize Money

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost to register to dance?

Registration is free.

Do I need to register to dance on the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow?

YES.   If you don’t register you will be disqualified.  Registration will take place June 15–19, 2020.  Registration closes on June 19 at 11:59 pm CDT.  No videos will be accepted after registration is closed. 

Is there information available to help me with registration or on how to record the video? 

YES.  A “How To” video will be posted on the Manito Ahbee Website.   Here is the link to our pow wow page –

Is there a Tiny Tot category?

No, But our Tiny Tot category will return in 2021.

Will there be a Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador crowning during the 2020 Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow?

Our current Miss Manito Ahbee Laniece Asapace will carry the crown until next year. Please join us in May 2021 for the next Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador crowning.

What kind of points will there be for the dancers?

You will only be judged on the dance video that you submit.

Will there be a Head Dance Judge?

YES.  Our Head Dance Judge will select 5 judges per day of competition.  Additional dance judges will be available if a judge has to step down because a family member is competing.  

Will there be a singing competition?


Do you need to register for the Manito Ahbee Virtual Dance Specials?

No, You will post your video on the day that the special will take place. Winners will be based on the number of LIKES.  The schedule for all categories and specials will be on the Manito Ahbee website.

How many dancers can register per category?

The Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow will be accepting up to 50 submissions per category.

Can I register in more than one category?


If I win how will I be paid?

You will be paid within 5 days from when the winners are announced.   Payments will be made by PayPal or e-transfer. If you are not able to accept either of these payment options, a cheque will be mailed to you. 

Will winners in the United States be paid in American funds?

All winners will be paid in Canadian funds.

Can we dance to any drum group for the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow?

Songs will be provided by one of our four host drums. Selected song recordings for each category will be available on our website.

Are there any rules for shooting the video?

YES.  When recording your video you will need to include the following –

  • Your video must be shot on the land.
  • Your registration number provided by C & T Tabulating must be in your video.
  • You cannot edit your video.