Photo: Proud pageant winners

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2006

Miss Tlingit & Haida competitors, Barbara Dude, left, and Marissa Corpuz, right, of Juneau, stand with Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Edward K. Thomas, center, at the Tlingit & Haida competition and scholarship pageant in Juneau. The three-day event, from April 17 to 19, took place in conjunction with the CCTHITA's 71st Annual General Assembly. The selection of Miss Tlingit & Haida is based on the participant's knowledge of tribal government and history, scholastic achievement, eloquence and knowledge of current issues facing Alaska Natives. Corpuz, 18, of Lingit and Haida descent, was crowned Miss Tlingit & Haida. She is Haida Eagle and Kaawaantaan yadi. Her Lingit name is Kintoow. During the pageant, she performed a Haida song, which she dedicated to co-contestant Dude and family in memory of their relative Ken Natkong. Dude, 18, was awarded first runner up. She is Lingit, Dakl'aweidi and Dleit Kaa Yadi. Her Lingit name is Kajaseidee. During competition, Dude presented a poem composed for her grandmother. Her presentation was in Tlingit, American Sign Language and English.

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