Published On: Thu, Dec 4th, 2014

Miss Cherokee report for November

Miss Cherokee Taylor Wilnoty participates in the Franklin Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 30.  (Photo courtesy of Taylor Wilnoty)

Miss Cherokee Taylor Wilnoty participates in the Franklin Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 30. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Wilnoty)

 

By TAYLOR WILNOTY

MISS CHEROKEE 2014

 

Shiyo nigada!

Hello everyone! I have had yet another busy month as Miss Cherokee! I got to celebrate so much, November being Native American Heritage Month, Epilepsy Awareness Month, and Thanksgiving! The first event was the annual Veterans Day ceremony. It was such an honor and a privilege to have celebrated that day with some of the veterans of our community and express my gratitude for all that they have done and continue to do for our home.

My next events were at the Dora Reed and Big Cove day care centers where I got to visit with some children of our community and help them decorate turkey feathers to go onto a huge turkey for Thanksgiving. It was such a treat to see all of them play and have fun decorating their feathers. I don’t usually do well with babies, but the whole time I was there I got to hold some of them, and only two cried.

I was invited to speak at the first Native American Heritage Month Celebration at Smoky Mountain Elementary. I got to tell the students what Native American Heritage Month means to me, and why I am so proud to be Cherokee! The other princesses and I got to do some of the traditional Cherokee dances with the Warriors of Anikituwah. I had such a blast, and would like to thank Jeanne Burgess again for inviting me!

My next event was a visit to Robbinsville Elementary School where I got to visit with the children and watch some of the children from the New Kituwah Academy sing and dance! It was so inspiring to see them sing in the Cherokee language.

I also got to go back to the school I graduated from as I was invited to the Cherokee Central School Powwow.  It was so odd to be back there, but I was so happy to see some of my old teachers! Little Miss Cherokee Jenna Cruz and myself got to visit with elders at Tsali Care Center for their Thanksgiving luncheon. My dad and I even got to sit with a woman and have our lunch with her. It even turned out we were related to her on my father’s side!

My next event was the first ever Christmas Tree Lighting event at the new Cherokee Lights & Legends festival where the other princesses and myself got to watch and countdown the lighting of the 40-foot tall Christmas tree! It was so amazing to see the Fairgrounds lit up with beautiful lights.  It had an ice-skating rink and the Cherokee Christmas Bazaar!

My last event was my first Christmas parade in Franklin! It was such an honor to be there and see all of the children. It also kicked off the holiday season! I am so excited for the next month as it is Christmas time, and even more excited to spend it with my community! If you would like for me to attend an event, please contact Elnora Thompson with your request.

Sgi, Happy Holidays!

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