Our Town, Neshoba County: Choctaw Culture on Display

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Several days full of rich Choctaw Indian tradition kicked off Wednesday in Choctaw Miss., with the annual Princess Pageant.

The 2009-2010 Choctaw Indian Princess is Famie Cheyenne Willis. First alternate was Mahli Jaynae Bell, and second alternate was Hillary Meagan Vaughn. Famie won the Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, and Talent show categories.

The festival features Choctaw art, music, dance and sports, but isn't just for local residents. People from across the region travel to the area to get a glimpse into this community.

Participants say keeping the Choctaw traditions and culture alive is important.

"If it's not kept up, you lose it, just like with anything else," said Shirley Berg. "And I think it's important for the young folks, as well as the old, to enjoy it and enjoy life with it."

Newscenter 11 broadcasts live from the Choctaw Indian Fair Thursday night. Country music legends Connie Smith and Marty Stuart are slated to perform. The fair continues through Saturday.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Pearl River on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    Famie Is a beautiful ,smart young woman She did a wonderful job,and I'm sure she will reprsent the Tribe Well,Remember always Wear the crown dont let the crown wear you!although it is my opinion I must say the when the 1st alternate and Winner was named I was shocked to hear the outcome watching the pageant It was cleary seen Miss Mahli Shined and was beautiful,she looked like a choctaw Doll , her on stage answer came from her heart ! all the girls were beautiful and did an incredible job!!but the outcome of the pageant is loudly spoken and we can only pray for Our new Ambassdor ,she will do good things ! .,I pray that the Choctaw princess will Keep smiling and never forget who she is or what she wants !Mahli I truly hope that you will run next year your beauty and your beauty for our people ,tribe,and culture is undeniable it is seen within you and god will keep blessing you in ways you never imagined!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    Famie is a beautiful young lady.
  • by Lisa Location: Carthage on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    The title went to a deserving young lady who seems to have captured it all: Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic, Talent Award Winner, and, Choctaw Indian Princess. I am quite confident she will serve the Choctaw tribe very well.
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