Miss Indian World Raven Swamp, a member of the Mohawk tribe
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Raven Swamp, 23, a member of the Mohawk
tribe has been crowned 2017 Miss Indian World at the Gathering of
Swamp from Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, received the honor April
26 out of 23 Native American women representing their different
tribes. Contestants were judged on areas of tribal knowledge, dancing
ability, public speaking, and personality assessment.
Mykhal Mendoza, 25-years old from Whiteriver, Ariz. and member
of the White Mountain Apache and Navajo tribes was named first runner-up
at the pageant. Shanley Spence, 24-years old from Winnipeg, Manitoba
and member of the Swampy Cree and Anishinaabe tribes was named second
runner-up at the pageant. In the case that Miss Indian World cannot
fulfill her responsibilities, the first runner-up will take her
place. If the first runner-up is unable to fulfill her duties after
having taken over for Miss Indian World, the second runner-up will
take her place.
Dancers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico came
to Albuquerque this weekend for the Gathering of Nations
one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows.
The powwow featured a number of competitions for dancers, drummers
Miss Indian World will represent native and indigenous people
as a cultural goodwill ambassador for one year.