Opening Ceremonies

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Opening Ceremony Participants

  • Dennis Bowen, Sr., Master of Ceremonies Dennis has announced pow wows internationally for over forty-two years. He is a traditional singer and former Fancy Dancer. Recently retired from a lengthy career in human services-counseling, he is now a full time fine artist. Read more about Dennis in the 2014 Fair Program when you visit the Fair.
  • Sound Engineer: William Eaton, Wisdom Tree Music William has brought our center stage sound to a professional level. He donates part of his time and equipment to make our event a success. William is a member of the R.C. Nakai Trio, a composer, Luthier and more!
  • Color Guard led by Marcus Sekayouma– Marc is a member of First Nations Warrior Society comprised of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine veterans. His group of Native American veterans has proudly presented the colors at the Heard Guild Fair for many years.
  • American Indian Veteran Flags The 19 flags are loaned to the Fair by the Phoenix Veterans Hospital Native American Veterans group.
  • Drum Circle led by Lamon Barehand This is Thunder Springs second year at the Fair. They are particularly prominent in the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Eric Manulieto has performed several times at the fair, offering the flute and prayer to begin the day.