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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 17, 2001 - Issue 49


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Tuba City School District Names New Primary Princess


 by Suetopka/Thayer TC District -Navajo Hopi Observer


Photo by Byron Poocha District Media Services


In a tough competition that required each contestant to give an introduction in her native language and a traditional talent that also had to have a native base, Tuba City Primary named Charmaine Rose Yellow, a first grader, their new 2001-02 Primary School Princess. Princess Charmaine had 11 other contestants hot on her heels with varied talents that included singing songs in Navajo, grinding corn and weaving a rug on stage.

Each contestant was required to have good role modeling skills in both academics and community affairs.

Princess Charmaine, Navajo, is the daughter of Claudia and Ned Yellow, her maternal clan is Bit’alanii, her paternal clan is Lo’kaa’ dine’e’.

Her royal court:
First Runner up: Dariul Shorty, Navajo, Second grader, the daughter of Laverna and Darrell Shorty, maternal clan is Tobacco, and her paternal clan is Towering House.

Second Runner up: Skylar Amanda Tso, Navajo, Kindergarten, the daughter of Rosina and Manuel Tso, maternal clan is Ta’baahi’, and paternal clan is A’shiihi’.

Winning prizes were given by the NLI Instructors for the Primary school, coordinated by Vida Hatathlie, and flowers for each winner was provided by last year’s princess, Erin Castillo and her family.

Since winning this contest, all three contestants have participated in the Western Navajo Nation Fair parade and also gave a presentation at the recent Behavorial Health Red Ribbon Week.

For information on having these contest winners at your event, please call Tuba City Public Relations at (928) 283-1072.


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