Akeshia Trudeau represents WRFN at Miss Indian World

Whitefish River First Nation’s Akeshia Trudeau on stage at Miss Indian World 2016 at the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Akeshia Trudeau of Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN) proudly represented her community recently at the 2016 Miss Indian World at the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Though Ms. Trudeau wasn’t named Miss Indian World 2016, she had an amazing experience.

“I met Miss Indian World in 2003 and she was so kind to me and told me that one day I could also become Miss Indian World,” Ms. Trudeau told The Expositor of why she competed in this year’s pageant. “I had never been to the Miss Indian World pageant before and it was my first time running, but I have been to the Gathering of Nations a couple times and loved it.”

“I’ve been involved in powwow pageants since I was young and I’ve represented my home community of WRFN as both Jr. Miss and Miss Wawaskinaga, along with the Odawa Nation as Miss Odawa and Wikwemikong as Miss Wikwemikong,” she said.

“I had a blast at the pageant and met so many strong Indian women,” added Ms. Trudeau. “The other girls were amazing to meet and it was great to see the diversity within Indian country.”

Ms. Trudeau explained that the pageant had an essay portion, traditional talent presentation, public speaking, personal interview, along with a dance component.

“I did a demonstration of quillwork for my talent and talked about the different ways to do quillwork,” said Ms. Trudeau. “For my dance, I danced jingle.”

Ms. Trudeau is entering her fourth year at Algoma University studying biology.

“I hope to start my masters of public health next year and in the long run, I would love to become a doctor,” she shared.  “I have epilepsy, and I’m a Purple Day (an event to raise awareness of epilepsy that encourages people to wear purple clothing on March 26) ambassador. Being in and out of the hospital has really made me appreciate the jobs of a doctor.”