|Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess|
The title of Miss Manito Ahbee honours the memory of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. Every four years a family of an Aboriginal woman who was taken much too soon is honoured by the Manito Ahbee Festival. This will be the fourth year that we honour the memory of Cherisse Houle. The four young women who have been chosen are now considered part of the Houle family.
The young woman who is chosen as Miss Manito Ahbee is a powwow dancer between the ages of 13 and 17 who is enrolled in school, is a role model, and carries the teachings and knowledge of her tribe’s history and traditions. Miss Manito Ahbee represents the cause of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women, as well as the Manito Ahbee Festival, all over the continent at powwows and other gatherings.
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2012-2013 Miss Manito Ahbee Traveling Princess
Miss Manito Ahbee Traveling Princess - Laryn Rose Oakes
Tanisi. Iskwew Kahmsiskew Nahpit e-see-ka-soon (Hello, my name is “Woman who Moves to the Front”) and my English name is Laryn Rose Oakes, I am 17 years old and I am from the Nekaneet First Nation in Saskatchewan. I reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I will be in the 12th grade this fall at the Oskayak High School. It has been an extreme honor to assume the great responsibility of being the Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess for 2012/2013. I have met so many great people, many positive role models and made many new friends. I want to thank Mamawotawimaw for all of the blessings that I have received. Thank you to my family and to my friends for all of their unlimited support.
During this year, I was also extremely fortunate to be selected as the Head Young Lady Dancer at the Gathering of Nations 2013 Pow Wow in Alburquerque, New Mexico. It was overwhelming and exciting and I want to thank everyone who came to support me during the pow wow and during the two contests that my family sponsored. Congratulations to all the dancers for showing your true talents.
I attended many other celebrations throughout the year. It was great to represent the Manito Ahbee Festival at the Rocky Boy Christmas Pow Wow, the Living Sky Pow Wow (Swift Current), Denver March Pow Wow (Denver, Colorado), Gathering of Nations (Alburquerque, New Mexico) the First Nations University of Canada Pow Wow (Regina, SK.), the Seven Clans Pow Wow in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the Painted Hand Casino Pow Wow (Yorkton, Sk.); Wanuskewin Pow Wow (Saskatoon, Sk), Beaver Lake Pow Wow, Red Lake Independence Day Celebration (Red Lake, Minnesota), Prairie Island Dakota Wacipi (Red Wing, Minnesota), Post Falls Pow Wow (Coueur D’Alene, Idaho), Rocky Boy Pow Wow, Dakota Dunes Pow Wow, and Standing Buffalo Pow Wow.
Thank you to the Manito Ahbee Festival for giving me this great opportunity and this great honor. I will always cherish the memories. My final message that I want to share is to all of my peers: follow your dreams and live them, honor and respect yourself and others. It is so important to live in balance, know who you are and be the best you can be in everything that you do. Kinanaskomitinawaw..Aiy-hiy!
The Miss Manito Ahbee title is sponsored by:
Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess in Honour of Cherisse Houle
Cherisse Diane Marie Houle was born in Winnipeg on July 7, 1991. She passed away in July of 2009 just 6 days shy of her 18th birthday. Her parents are Barbara Houle and Dennis Contois. She was raised alongside her brothers Justin and Jordan and a sister Jessica. Cherisse was the baby of our family. She also has a son named Traden, who will be 6 years old in November, 2013. He is and always will be her pride and joy who she loved very much.
Cherisse loved all kind of music, she could get onto any kind that was playing, trying to sing along to the words. Her smile let up any room, you would notice her immediately once she walked into a room, because of her amazing presence that being her beautiful smile, laughter and the warmth of her personality.
Cherisse was given her spiritual name “Little Blue Turtle’’ by Medicine Man Dave Courchene at a healing ceremony in 2003. Cherisse enjoyed attending Pow wows often, trying to dance the Fancy Shawl with her sister Jessica. When she had a chance, she often helped others, which she said she would like to do when she was older, especially young girls like herself and elders. In the summer of 2000, when she was 9 years old, she and a friend volunteered at the Lions Manor in Winnipeg, helping elders, who she really respected.
Cherisse had many family and friends who were very special to her especially her son Traden. He gave her a purpose, but that was short lived when someone took her from those who loved her the most. She will never be forgotten, always remembered, missed and loved.
Cherisse was a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and a friend to all who knew her.
Her mother: Barbara
Her sister: Jessica