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Princess pageant held at Beavers Bend State Park

Broken Bow, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosted the 2014 Choctaw Owa Chito “Festival of the Forest” Princess pageant at Beavers Bend State Park crowning Ariana Chey-Anne Nikkole Wade Byington as Little Miss Choctaw Princess, Tristen Elaine Sargent as Junior Miss Choctaw Princess, and Cheyenne Rae Shomo as Senior Miss Choctaw Princess.

The Owa-Chito Choctaw princess pageant was hosted by the Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Jack Austin, Jr., and Sue Folsom and is part of “Sustaining and reviving what was and will always be our Choctaw traditions and culture”.

Contestant qualifications included proof of Choctaw Indian Blood through Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) status, no criminal background, single status without dependents and a description of Choctaw dress and accessories. Senior and Junior Miss contestants were required to perform a traditional talent directly related to Choctaw heritage.

All contestants exhibited traditional Choctaw dresses with cultural beaded jewelry or hairpieces or Choctaw feathered fans or baskets. Competing in the talent portion, the contestants encourage sustainment of the Choctaw heritage with many talents exhibited such as traditional language skills, sign language, and Choctaw hymns.

Judges for the Pageant were Rubye Taylor, Matilda Paxton, and Kay Jackson and presentation of the trophies as well as crowning was Sue Folsom, Executive Director of Choctaw Nation Cultural Services. For additional information about Choctaw Cultural events or activities, please visit or call 580-920-8280.

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