Greetings Denver March! My name is Clifton Goodwill. I would like to thank the 2013 Denver March Powwow Committee for selecting me to serve as the Northern Dance Judge at this year’s celebration.
I am a Cree/ Ojibwe /Lakota/Dakota from the Paskwa First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2003 I married my beautiful wife Danita and together we share 5 wonderful children, Tanner, Jordan, Hailey, Allyssa, and Brandon. In 2007, with the encouragement, time, and commitment of my lovely wife, we completed my Grass dance regalia. As the time crept closer for me to suit up for the first time Danita kept asking me “do you know how to dance?” and she would tell me “show what you’re going to do?...give me a couple moves!” “I got this!” I exclaimed. I also told Danita that I grew up idolizing various Grass dancers like my uncle Darrell Goodwill, cousin Byron Goodwill, Harvey Yuzicappi, and Lakota Clairmont just to name a few. So with that, just like a tiny tot, Danita dressed me up and threw me out there. Then what did I do….I fell! I laughed, got up, and kept on dancing. I wasn’t embarrassed for myself but I did feel a little embarrassed for Danita. It was then that I realized I wasn’t dancing for myself….I was, and still am, dancing for others.
Again, I would like to sincerely thank the Denver March Powwow Committee for selecting me to serve as your Northern Dance Judge. I wish everyone the best of luck but most of all, HAVE FUN!Jan. 31, 2013