City High School royalty with the newly crowned Miss Navajo
Nation 2016-17, Ronda Joe. Miss Navajo is surrounded by student
royalty while watching some of the live dance performances
at the Tuba City High Warrior Pavilion. (photo by Rosanda
Suetopka - Navajo-Hopi Observer)
Hopi dance group from Upper Moencopi were one of many performances
given during Indian Week at Tuba City Unified School District
schools. (photo by Rosanda Suetopka - Navajo-Hopi Observer)
TUBA CITY, AZ Even though tribal language and culture
are extremely important to Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD),
Indian Week offers students the opportunity to learn from tribal
presenters through presentations and cultural activities.
The event emphasizes local tribal practices and features song
and dance performances showcasing Navajo and Hopi communities from
Tuba City and Moencopi and what the areas offer.
Students heard lectures and presentations by tribally-recognized
cultural experts, such as Nicole Horseherder who spoke on Navajo
Clans and their Responsibilities, Rose Williams on Traditional
Planting of Corn, Fred Johnson Water-Tobeeiina
Marie Salt, Traditional role of Navajo Women, and Dennis
Bedoni Drum Making: Songsmithing.
Students asked questions about how traditional practices related
to them in a modern world and how traditions can be kept alive and
relevant for future generations.
Students gave presentations for their fellow students, including
active dances with their fathers, uncles and relatives singing for
them in their own language.
Student royalty from all the TCUSD schools, as well as a special
appearance by the newly-crowned Miss Navajo Nation Ronda Joe, attended
the event Sept. 30 at the Tuba City High School Warrior Pavilion.
This was one of Miss Navajos first public appearances
at the Western Navajo Agency area.
Joe was recently crowned the newest Miss Navajo Nation in Window
Rock in front of a crowd of 12,000 people at their 70th annual Navajo
tribal fair in September.
Joe, of the Towering House Clan and born for Where the Water
comes Together clan, won the Best Butcher Award in the Miss Navajo
sheep butchering competition. She competed against seven contestants
who vied for the Navajo Nation crown this year. Joe treated the
students to two special songs, she drummed at the Warrior Pavilion
and took time to pose with student royalty.