November 25th, 2015 Last Updated on: January 20th, 2016
Q) Congratulations! You are truly a beauty, inside and out! Please tell us about yourself? What do you want us to know about you?
A) Ha-Hou! Thank you! Well Tous! Sanííwoo Hisei Néé'eesíh'inoo! Hello my name is Lizard Woman my English name is Emma Julia Washee and I am the 2015-2016 Arapaho Tribal Princess. I am the daughter of Jason & Tammie GoodBlanket, Deanie Washee & Gary Hundelt. I am 21 years old and a full time student at Connors State College where I am pursing an Associates of Arts in Pre-Law. I am the Native American Student Association Vice-President & Student Government Representative. My grandparents at the Late Rayburne Washee & Gloria (Washee) Matthews. I have 3 older brothers and 1 baby brother.
Q) What is your tribal heritage and affiliation? For those who might not know a lot about your tribe, what would you want them to know about your people?
A) I am enrolled Arapaho and come from Cheyenne and Cherokee decent as well. On my Arapaho side I am 6th generation direct decent from Koo-ish who was said to be the last known Arapaho Survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre.
Q) Culture and tradition is so important! What are some ways that you incorporate your tribal lifeways into your life?
A) Well my people come from sundancers, peyote roadmen, stomp dance leaders & shell shakers. My parents and grandparents have kept me active with all my traditional ways since I was little.
Q) Powwows are very important to many of our Native people, including all of us here at Powwows.com. Do you attend powwows?
A) Yes I do! I love being able to see family and friends from all over and meeting new people & of course dancing!
Q) What was the it like when you heard the announcement that you won? Has your life changed since then? If so, how?
A) I can't lie I cried when I found out. It's been a dream of mine ever since I was little bitty to have the title that my cousins and all the women I've looked up to had. It has changed my life . . I'm not perfect nor will I ever be but I sure am trying my best for the younger generation.
Q) What are some of the experiences that you are having as a titleholder? We'd enjoy hearing some of your stories!!
A) Some experiences are being a judge in some pageants, being able to do American Indian Expo, performances, speaking to younger kids, parades & powwow
Q) What's next after your reign?
A)What's next? To GRADUATE! I'm so excited and ready to be finished with my first chapter of my degrees!
Q) What's the best advice you've ever received? What piece of advice are you glad that you DID NOT follow?
A) My dad Jason told me “you can't give up you give up everyone else wins” I love my dad and those words stick with me no matter what!And the piece of advice I'm glad I didn't take would have to be “You know you can't do this so give up”
Q) Do you see yourself as a role model to other Native Americans? How does that make you feel? What do you hope others learn from your example?
A) Honestly I could say “no I'm not” but I have nieces and little cousins that look up to me and say “I'm gonna be just like you one day Emma” but I can only hope and pray they're better then I am. I hope that people will learn that I don't give up even because of the littlest things.
Q) What advice would you give someone just starting out in pageants and/or powwows? What do you wish you knew before you started?
A) To just have fun! But for princesses no gum, smile, and never ever let anyone get you down! What I wish I knew was how much I'm going to miss it when I hand my crown over!
Q) Thanks so much for your consideration and for your time. We wish you all the best! Blessings!
A) Ha-hou Héétce'nóóhobé3en! Thank you and I will see you all
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