Miss Shoshone-Bannock Pageant
Ontaria Arrow White
Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2020-2021
One of the main highlights was the Miss Shoshone-Bannock pageant that drew in over 10 plus young ladies from around the reservation. This tradition continues every year. The cultural pageant was the first of its kind and considered to be a prestigious new title for young Shoshone-Bannock women. Each contestant wore their finest handmade deer skin dresses and family beadwork. The winner held the title for one year where she relinquished her title the following year at the powwow. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s, where the winner was given a fully beaded ‘Miss Shoshone-Bannock’ sash and matching turquoise crown with the Shoshone rose to wear throughout her reign.
Original Beaded Crown in Tribal Museum
Today, the beaded sash is still proudly worn but in 2006 the original beaded crown was retired and is presently housed at the local Tribal museum. Each contestant competes every August in the areas of: public speaking, personal interview, traditional dish, traditional dance and a traditional talent. Miss Shoshone-Bannock is a Tribal ambassador and role model for the younger generations.