2017-01-26 / Life in Leelanau

Natives Got Talent show ‘spectacular’

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff


ANDRES MARTINEZ, 12, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians took first place in his age category for his vocal stylings in the 4th annual “Natives Got Talent” show Saturday at the Leelanau Sands Showroom in Peshawbestown. ANDRES MARTINEZ, 12, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians took first place in his age category for his vocal stylings in the 4th annual “Natives Got Talent” show Saturday at the Leelanau Sands Showroom in Peshawbestown. Members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians put their talents on display Saturday at the Leelanau Sands Showroom during the fourth annual “Natives Got Talent” show.

“It was truly a spectacular event this year – a great celebration of our heritage and our talents,” said master of ceremonies Percy Bird, a member of the Tribal Council. “It takes practice and commitment to develop a talent, and courage and determination to get on the stage and share it with an audience. We are proud of every performer who appeared.”

Judges of the talent show included Melissa Smith of TV 7&4, Christal Frost of NewsTalk 580 radio and Mike Sinclair of WTCM-FM radio.

Tribal members competed in four categories: professional, adult, children ages 13-17, and children ages 1-12.

Cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $50 were awarded based on category and placement.

In the professional category, first place went to vocalist Caitlin LeBlanc. Two acts tied for second and third place in the category. The vocal/instrumental duo of Ruby John and George Trudeau tied with comedian Joshua Paul.

In the adult category, vocalist Alia Crampton took first place. Vocalists Leilani DeFoe and Raymond Shenosky took second place. Comedian Jim Petoskey took third place.

In the 13-17 age category, vocalist Kyra Vezina took first place. In the 1-12 age category, first place went to vocalist Andres Martinez. Martial artist Araya John took second place. Dancers Carolyn Antoine, Hope Shananaquet and Faith Shananaquet took third place.

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