It was an early holiday treat on Dec. 15 when the Little Wild Wolves Youth and Community Center hosted a very fun talent show featuring some of the tribal community’s talented, and downright adorable, children.
The all-Native band VisionSeekerz, which includes a variety of tribal nation bandmates, was the perfect choice to offer live jams for the event, combining blues rock with a hint of grunge and country. VisionSeekerz consists of lead singer Lonnie Sammaripa (Walker River Paiute of Nevada and descendant of the Yakama Nation), drummer Prescott Speedis (Yakama Nation), bassist Eric Smiskin (Confederated Tribes of Colville), lead guitarist Vaughn Yellowwolf (Nez Pierce and Sioux) and rhythm guitarist/band manager Doug Marconi (Nez Perce/Colville). These guys were tight and their sound was as professional as could be. “Our hope and goal would be to open at the EQC for a major act,” Doug Marconi said. “We have opened for major acts and play the casino circuit on the east side of the state.” They sure sound like it.
The evening started with a delicious dinner prepared by the Youth Center cooks, who deserve a lot of thanks for feeding the crowd in such a caring way. Everyone enjoyed a holiday feast of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and yams, green bean casserole, breads, a salad bar and two kids of pie for dessert. Then it was on to the talent show in the gym where every young performer gave it her/his all whether dancing, playing air guitar or solving Rubik’s Cubes in record time as Devon Bryan did. Youth Center Director Lisa Earl made a charming host, telling jokes in between sets (What is a bird’s favorite Christmas show? “The Finch Who Stole Christmas!”) and guiding the evening along smoothly.