Miss Indian World contestants share cultural teachings, songs
By Colleen Keane
Special to the Times
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 1, 2014
From every direction, at every turn and down every aisle of the city's convention center auditorium, royalty appeared wearing the regalia of their ancestors and sashes identifying their tribal nations laced across their shoulders.
Miss Indian World contestants from across the world were adorned in majestic crowns, velveteen skirts and blouses, squash bloom necklaces, intricate beads and fine silver.
"We are all strong, indigenous women," said host of the evening's 31st Gathering of Nations Miss Indian World contest and Canadian television personality Lisa Meeches to the audience made up of hundreds of people.
The 23 contestants, ages 18 to 25, were from Mexican, Canadian and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes.
The contestants were judged by a panel of five judges on a traditional talent, public speaking, a dance competition and an essay.
During her presentation, wearing an elegant headdress that emerged like a mystical rainbow of blue, brown, yellow and red feathers from her indigenous lands in Mexico, Tonantzin Miranda, who performed the sacred fire dance of the Chichimeca people, announced that the time has come for tribal people from across the world to unite, setting the tone for evening's competition.
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