By Rhonda Sparks
Monday, March 22nd marked the first event of public speaking for the five contestants competing for Miss Hozhoni 2010-2011. Of the five contestants, two of which are from the far north state of Alaska.
Then, on Tuesday, March 23rd the food presentations portion of the pageant was held at the Native American Center.
The last day of the pageant was the talent section held in the Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night. Each contestant had to present both a traditional and modern talent to
Caryn Hacker, is a junior, double majoring in Anthropology and Art. Her tribal affiliation is to the Rosebud Sioux, and she is originally from Rosebud, South Dakota.
Caryn’s interest in running for Miss Hozhoni began when she noticed the strength in the voice of Miss Hozhoni. “Being Miss Hozhoni opens more doors to better aspects of life which need more focus and attention. It also promotes tribal unity through combined efforts through Miss Hozhoni and diverse tribal groups.”
The traditional food Caryn prepared was Wasna. She described that it as food that has been used by her people for long hunting trips and for war parties. Wasna, is a combination of Buffalo jerky (Bapa), yellow corn meal, fat (Washi), and sugar (Cahumpi) and provides instant nourishment.
The modern talent Caryn presented was public speaking. Her traditional talent was the traditional story telling of Lakota history and creations myths. Continue reading 'Great Turnout for Miss Hozhoni Pageant'»