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Teen to be crowned princess at Moorpark powwow

Contributed photo/Corina Roberts
Katianna Warren, of the Navajo Nation, dances on May 19 at the Eagle and Condor Intertribal Powwow in Ontario. Katianna will have her formal introduction as a princess just before grand entry Saturday during the Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow at Moorpark College.

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Since she was a little girl, 14-year-old Katianna Warren dreamed of being a powwow princess.

“A powwow princess is a role model to younger girls in the powwow. She is expected to carry herself in a good way,” said Katianna, a Palmdale resident and member of the Navajo Nation.

This year, the teen got her wish. She was selected to represent her Navajo heritage during Redbird’s Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow at Moorpark College this weekend.

“Being able to represent my family, my tribe and the Native American people is a great honor to me,” she said. “It has indeed become a dream come true.”

She is scheduled to be crowned in a ceremony at noon Saturday.

The sash and crown are an honor, but also a responsibility, said Corina Roberts, of Simi Valley, event organizer and founder of Redbird, a Native American and environmental nonprofit.

“She is being acknowledged as a young woman of worth, dignity and integrity,” Roberts said. “She is being presented as both a role model and as someone who we will assist ... helping her choose how to represent her heritage and culture in the 21st century.”

The powwow will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with an open flute circle. Flute and wind instrument players will be welcome through 10 p.m.

The powwow on Saturday will feature entertainment, vendor booths and food.

There will be a gourd dance ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Powwows are not re-enactments or staged events, Roberts said.

“They are a mixture of celebration and ceremony, and they are the social lifeblood of the urban Indian community,” Roberts said.

After Katianna is crowned, she will represent the Children of Many Colors Powwow wherever she goes in Indian Country.

“That is one responsibility,” Roberts said. “But she will also be expected to carry herself in a good way, to act as a role model to other young women, Indian and non-Indian alike.”

Katianna’s performance at the powwow will involve a solo dance as her family and friends walk behind her for support.

“I will introduce myself to those who do not know me, and I will thank those who helped and supported me to get to where I am as princess,” she said.

She hopes guests will have a great time and come again next year.

“Maybe even tell friends and family of the powwow,” she said. “I want them to have great memories of this powwow to share.”

After graduating from high school and college, she hopes to run for Miss Navajo Nation.

“That’s another dream for me to accomplish,” she said.

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