A lot of Indian country's biggest entertainers came together last weekend for the Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival. We're talking guitarist Gabriel Ayala, rapper Chase Manhattan, the Bluedog Band, comedian Tito Ybarra (you loved him in "Slapping Medicine Man"). But we were pretty pleased to find these clips from the Festival's open-mic event "American Indians Got Talent!" The following are all first-, second-, or third-place winners in either the "adult" or "17-and-under" category. At the bottom of the page, we tell you who won what—but how would you have scored it?
(A note of thanks to Monica Boutwell of Schamburg, IL's Trickster Gallery for shooting the videos.)
Lil' Lee, "Frybread Booty"
Spoken word artist Bobby Wilson
Dancer Damon Charging Crow
Premos, "Seven Bridges Road"
The Unknown Renegades
1st place: Bobby Wilson; 2nd place: Lil Lee; 3rd place: Premos
17 & Under
1st place: The Unknown Renegades, 2nd place: Damon Charging Crow