Wiky’s Destinee Kaboni off to Miss Indian World

Destinee Kaboni

Community’s 2014 ‘Miss Wikwemikong’

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Miss Wikwemikong Destinee Kaboni will be representing Manitoulin this weekend at the 2015 Miss Indian World Competition (MIW) in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow events.

Ms. Kaboni will be competing against 20 other contestants from across Canada and the US.

“The largest and most prestigious cultural pageant for young Native women, each MIW contestant will compete in the areas of public speaking, personal interview, traditional presentation dance and essay,” explains the MIW website. “Categories are judged based on the contestants’ own cultural knowledge. Miss Indian World is a role model to all ages and will spend an exciting year travelling through the USA and Canada representing the beauty and diversity of Native American, aboriginal and indigenous cultures and the Gathering of Nations Ltd. Powwow.”

The pageant will be hosted by Canadian television personality Lisa Meeches and powwow personality Jason Whitehouse with entertainment by the Native Pride Dancers and The Luna Blues Machine.

“I am so excited and looking forward to meeting all the other contestants,” Ms. Kaboni told The Expositor. “I am interested in learning about their traditions and their communities as well. I am greatly honoured and humbled by this wonderful opportunity to be representing my hometown. I will do the best I can to represent Wikwemikong and make my community proud.”