Miss Indian World – Taylor Thomas
ALBUQUERQUE — Taylor Thomas went to the Gathering of Nations as the reigning Miss Shoshone-Bannock queen and left as Miss Indian World. She won the Miss Indian World pageant on Saturday night during the Gathering of Nations Powwow at the University of New Mexico’s “The Pit.”
The Miss Indian World pageant is the largest and most prestigious cultural pageant. Within Indian country the annual pageant is comparable to the Miss America pageant. Every year the pageant brings in over 30 plus young Native women from all over North American (including Hawaii) vying for this title. Each contestant competes in the areas of: Public Speaking, Personal Interview, Traditional ‘Talent’ Presentation and Native American Dance & written Essay. Thomas also won Best Interview. For Thomas’ talent presentation she shared the history of a traditional Shoshone 49 song and dedicated the song she sang to all veterans- all men and women in uniform.
Thomas, 21, is a full-time college student at Idaho State University, majoring in political science. A huge supporter of Native youth programs and Indigenous Native language perseveration, Taylor previously served as a National Congress of American Indian youth ambassador from 2010 – 2012.
As Miss Indian World, Thomas will spend the year traveling extensively throughout the United States, Canada and other places around the globe.
Taylor’s parents are Wendy Farmer of Fort Hall, Idaho and Jason Thomas from the Kickapoo reservation in Kansas.
“Taylor being the new Miss Indian World is an opportunity to represent our Tribes in a worldly fashion. Taylor is an ambassador to represent our Tribal government and a positive example for our youth,” commented Fort Hall Business councilman Devon Boyer on Monday.
In honor of Taylor being crowned the new 2014-2015 Miss Indian World, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Fort Hall Business Council is hosting a special “Honoring Celebration” this Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chiefs event center.
A meet and greet will also be available to get a free autographed photo of Taylor. Event sponsors include the Tribal Enterprises, Fort Hall Casino, Sho-Ban news and Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event center. According to Thomas, the Kickapoo Nation of Kansas will host an ‘honoring’ for her during their annual Labor Day powwow in September.
To watch the live video of Taylor being crowned go to www.sbtribes.com/festival on the home page.
- Miss Indian World – Taylor Thomas