The head dancers consist of the Head Man Dancer and the Head Woman Dancer, and sometimes Head Teen Dancers, Head Little Boy and Girl Dancers, Head Golden Age Dancers, and a Head Gourd Dancer if the pow wow has a Gourd Dance. The head dancers lead the other dancers in the grand entry or parade of dancers that opens a pow-wow. In many cases, the head dancers are also responsible for leading the dancers during songs, and often dancers will not enter the arena unless the head dancers are already out dancing. This year we are excited to welcome Head Man Dancer Darren and Head Woman Dancer Virginia.
Head Man Dancer
Darren Henson is a Southern Traditional Dancer, and is an enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma (UKB). Darren is Wolf Clan and his Keetoowah name is Tsi-s-de-tsi (Gee-Stej), named after his grandfather Samson Mouse. Darren is the son of Gwen GoingSnake and the late Jim Mouse, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Darren has one son; Justin Henson and a daughter, Allison
After retiring from the USAF in 2017, Darren utilized his GI Educational benefits and acquired a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Redlands and a MS in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University. Presently, Darren works for the Native American Health Center located in Northern California. He helps facilitate wellness programs through culture and traditional activities, because Culture is prevention. Darren and his family are deeply honored that he is asked to be Head Man Dancer. They wish good blessings to all and hope everyone enjoys themselves at this year’s annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow.
Head Woman Dancer
Aloha my name is Virginia Timentwa, I am a proud mother of 5 boys and also a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. My parents are Debra Timentwa & Albert Thomas, who
instilled a lot of cultural values in me from the time I could walk. They raised me on the pow wow trail and gave me some of the best memories of my life & taught me to never give up. My late
great grandmother Jeanette Timentwa also taught me a lot about culture, how to live in two worlds, and to never forget who I am. She taught me how to gather the foods our ancestors
did, how to prepare them, and to make an entire meal from what we gathered just off the land, also that water is life. At the same time I learned from both her and my parents the importance of being educated in knowing who I am as an indigenous woman, and how to survive in a world that is sometimes not so educated on who we are as people. I take great pride in representing my family, tribe, and all Indigenous peoples. In my free time I enjoy the beach, volunteering for beach clean ups, restoring the limu, or anything else that contributes to making this 'aina a better place to live, crafts like making leis, and other little projects, spending time with family, and learning about other cultures which Hawai’i has a lot of. I hope to learn my language someday, which was nearly extinct since my great grandmother and even my own mother were sent to boarding schools and forbidden to speak our language. Thanks to modern technology I’ve been able to take a few classes virtually, and slowly learn. Lastly, I have great passion to bring awareness about MMIW, Mauna Kea, Accreta and many many issues that are not brought to light or always understood by today’s society. Together we can make an impact, and I am proud and honored to be your Head Lady at this year’s 46th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow.