Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2013

Miss Cherokee Report for May

Junior Miss Cherokee Aliyah Bigmeat, Little Miss Cherokee Marcela Garcia and Miss Cherokee Karyl Frankiewicz are shown at the locals night performance of Unto These Hills on Friday, May 31.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Junior Miss Cherokee Aliyah Bigmeat, Little Miss Cherokee Marcela Garcia and Miss Cherokee Karyl Frankiewicz are shown at the locals night performance of Unto These Hills on Friday, May 31. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

By KARYL FRANKIEWICZ

MISS CHEROKEE 2012

 

Si-yo! This month has been busy with appearances to not only the events here around Cherokee but out to many wonderful places. It’s hard to believe that my reign is down to the final stretch. Ladies if you would like to run for Miss Cherokee please get yourselves ready for the chance that only this opportunity can give you.

Miss Cherokee Karyl Frankiewicz (left) is shown with Miss Cherokee (Nation) Kristy Kingfisher at the 175th Anniversary Trail of Tears event at New Echota Historical site in Georgia on May 18.  (Photo courtesy of Karyl Frankiewicz)

Miss Cherokee Karyl Frankiewicz (left) is shown with Miss Cherokee (Nation) Kristy Kingfisher at the 175th Anniversary Trail of Tears event at New Echota Historical site in Georgia on May 18. (Photo courtesy of Karyl Frankiewicz)

When the month of May started, I had the privilege to travel out to Lumberton to attend the “Dance of the Spring Moon” Pow Wow from May 3-5. I got to spend the day with Junior Miss Lumbee Ciena Fedor and her mother Crystal. They were wonderful hostesses as they took us to eat and gave us a tour of the town of Pembroke. We were brought to their Council House and got to meet Chairman Paul Brooks at which time we were given the tribe’s insignia, the “Pinecone” design, in a frame. I was also brought to a jeweler and given a pair of silver earrings of the same design.

The EBCI had the privilege to host the VA Training Summit on May 7 where, at the beginning of the program, I got to sing the National Anthem while the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143 Color Guard presented the flags. Later in the day, Little Miss Cherokee Marcela and Junior Miss Cherokee Aliyah accompanied me to be a part of the culture portion of the program where we saw the Hmong people present the dances of their tribe. The students from the Kituwah Academy sang in Cherokee, and we danced with the Warriors of Anikituwah to present our own tribal dances.

For Mother’s day, Little Miss Cherokee and I participated in the Mother’s Day 5K hosted by the Dialysis center on May 11, which is an event that I am thankful for since my uncle is a dialysis patient. The walk started at the Expo Center and went around Acquoni Road, over the bridge, on to Tsali Boulevard, and back to the Expo. Afterwards, we got to present the awards to the top runners overall and in each division.

Miss Cherokee (seated in blue shirt) participated in the Cherokee Day of Caring on May 16.  She is shown with a volunteer work crew at Maybelle Watty’s house in Big Cove.  (Photo courtesy of Karyl Frankiewicz)

Miss Cherokee (seated in blue shirt) participated in the Cherokee Day of Caring on May 16. She is shown with a volunteer work crew at Maybelle Watty’s house in Big Cove. (Photo courtesy of Karyl Frankiewicz)

I volunteered for the Cherokee Day of Caring on May 16. I traveled to the Big Cove Community to Maybele Watty’s house to work with my dad, Quinton Frankiewicz, and his team from Facility Management and Qualla Housing. The Jones-Bowman Leadership program and Principal Chief Michell Hicks also was there to repaint the house and create flowerbeds for Maybele. Later that evening, the volunteers came back to have a dinner in appreciation for helping the elders in each of the communities that needed help.

The next day, May 17, Teen Miss Cherokee Bradley Welch, Junior Miss Cherokee Aliyah Bigmeat, and Little Miss Marcela Garcia and I took part in the Elder’s walk. We started at the old elementary site and walked to the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.  When the walk was over and it was time to eat, we got to serve the elders with the help of volunteers from various tribal programs.

I also got to spend time at the Children’s Coalition 5K on May 18. Although I didn’t get to spend much time at this event, I’m proud of all the participants that took part. Right after the 5K, the Royalty board and I traveled to Calhoun, Ga. to the New Echota Historical Site where we got to be a part of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears with the dignitaries of Cherokee Nation from Oklahoma. Miss Cherokee Nation Kristy Kingfisher and I got to speak about our tribes and what we are doing to better our tribes.

I had the honor of being asked to do a photo shoot for the North Carolina Tourism Magazine on May 22. We had pictures done at the Qualla Co-op, near the river beside the Historical Association, and on the side of the Visitor Center.

The day after, May 23, I was invited to attend the 22nd annual Elders celebration at the Event Center in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.  I got to sing the National Anthem and speak to the elders from different counties around Western North Carolina. The setting was from the Biltmore estate, and we got to see a show from the Bittersweet Company based off a piece of history from the Napoleon Era.

I went to Tsali Care to serve a barbeque lunch to the elders for Memorial Day on May 24. I got to see the Oconaluftee Job Corps nursing program students volunteer at this event. With the help of Harrah’s H.E.R.O program, we had an outstanding lunch for amazing people.

Little Miss and I spent our Memorial Day on May 27at the Yellowhill Baptist Church with the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143, veterans of different branches from the military, Cherokee High School JROTC, and families of the veterans.

The last day of May, I traveled to the Cowee Mound beside Hall Mountain. After the program, I arrived to hear about the information from the signing of the land to be placed back in our tribes possession. Later that evening, Little Miss, Junior Miss and I attended the Unto These Hills outdoor drama theater for local night.

Thank you Ciena and Crystal Fedor for inviting me to your Pow Wow and taking me to wonderful places and meeting great people. Also, thank you for the amazing gifts I had received from the Council and from you. Warren Dupree and the Steve Youngdeer Post 143, thank you for letting me sing the Anthem at the Training Summit and letting the royalty girls and me dance with the Warriors of Anikituwah. Thank you Dialysis Center for hosting the 5K and the runners for taking part in this event. Principal Chief Michelle Hicks, Jones-Bowman leadership and H.E.R.O program; thank you for helping doing work at Maybelle Watty’s house. Also for all the volunteers that helped at the other sites, I would like to say thank you on behalf of the elders. I’d like to give a special thank you to my royalty board for letting me attend the remembrance of the Trail of Tears at New Echota. Thank you Deb West and Tsali Manor for inviting me to attend the elders’ celebration at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Thank you Tsali Care for letting me serve the elders with the help of the Job Corps nurses and H.E.R.O volunteers. I’d like to thank all those who attended the Memorial Day event at Yellowhill Baptist Church in remembrance of those who gave their lives for our freedom. Also, thank you for those who work at the Drama, all of your hard work has paid off to bring this show to life like it has for over 63 years.

As my schedule is filling up for the summer, please feel free to invite me to events by contacting my Chairman Jean Bushyhead at hbbradjean@gmail.com. Sgi.

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