WEIO contestant Crystal Worl

WEIO contestant Crystal Worl performing a dramatization of the Raven Creation story with her contemporary interpretive artwork in the background.

This photograph was taken during the talent portion of the Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) cultural pageant in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The research examines a state-wide Alaska Native pageant, Miss WEIO from three perspectives: 1) The young women who develop culturally based leadership skills; 2) The community, who gains language and cultural, revitalization and maintenance role models; 3) And the general public, who gains a much needed positive representation of a contemporary Indigenous women.  For further reading see “The Adaptation of Beauty Pageants: Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics” in the Journal of the West 52 (3): 22-30.

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