Day One of Longmire Opens With Pow Wow

The Scalpcane Dance Crew performs at Crazy Woman Square. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
The Scalpcane Dance Crew performs at Crazy Woman Square. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.

An American Indian dance crew from Montana performed as part of Longmire Days on Friday. Hannah Stepenoff has the story.


The Scalpcane Dance Crew, a group of Northern Cheyenne and Sioux American Indian performers helped kick off the first day of the highly anticipated Longmire Days, with three hours of traditional dance in Buffalo's Crazy Woman Square. The event is based off the popular novels and A&E television series, and the Pow Wow is just one of many events to celebrate Johnson's novel series.

Leader of the dance group, August Scalpcane or Tiger said these dances are all passed down and learned through the families and they all have different spiritual meanings. The group is comprised of a mix of members of all ages with dancers as young as 8.

He said that the outfits worn are adorned with mirrors as a way to keep away bad spirits, while many of the symbols sewn in to their costumes represent family lines. The dances they learn are passed down through Pow Wows, he said, which roughly means a large gathering.

The group travels across the nation to perform, he said, and many of the girls in the group were able to perform on the series as well.

Scalpcane introduced each dance with a story. There was everything from a Grass Dance to the Round Dance, in which the audience participates by joining in a circle and doing a version of the two-step.
Here is what he had to say about that dance.

For those who missed it, Scalpcane and the dancers will be back in the square tomorrow between 11 and 5 p.m.

Here is a video of one of the dancers performing the Grass Dance:

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Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
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Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
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