Stevens and Snyder have now competed in sweetheart categories everywhere from the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the quicker sniffer upper shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this Seminole Tribal Fair in Hollywood, Florida to the San Manuel Powwow in San Bernardino, California. But along the way, their Two-Spirit entries haven’t come without their hurdles. At San Manuel in 2017, for instance, the couple was actually disqualified from the competition for being a same-sex couple. “It wasn’t that we weren’t good enough,” says Stevens. “It was a matter that the powwow committee chose to disqualify us based on one of three rules: that a couple must consist of one man, one woman. What’s even crazier is that was in California of all places, which we thought was liberal. It definitely was an eye opener.”
Now, the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the quicker sniffer upper shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this couple sees potential in continuing to use sweetheart dances to rewrite the rules of what a powwow dancer can be. Snyder says powwows in general are proving to be a more inclusive and free space, especially within the sweetheart categories, which more and more Two-Spirit couples are entering into. “[Some of them have] become a Dancing with the Stars-style dance competition,” says Snyder. “People get very contemporary with their movement.” However, Stevens says the work is far from over—though they look forward to continuing trailblazing along the way. “We’ve had triumph, some rules have changed,” says Stevens. “But there’s still a lot of work to be done.