He ako i ngā āhuatanga e whakaputaina e te Māori āna kōrero i te pouaka whakaata tā Miss Indian World, tā Cheyenne Kippenberger nō te iwi Seminole o Florida, Amerika i ako ai i tōna rā whakamutunga i Aotearoa. He haerenga nui tēnei mō te Miss Indian World Pageant ki te whakamana i ngā wāhine iwi taketake hei kanohi mō ō rātou iwi i te ao.
Ko Eeta te ingoa taketake o Kippenberger, ā ehara i te mea, ka ohorere i tana hiahia panoni i te āhua e whakaaturia ai ōna iwi i runga i te pouaka whakaata, kiriata hoki. Hei tā Cheyenne Eete:
“We really get diminished to these negative stereotypes most times.
“It’s always shirtless on horseback with the long hair with the wind blowing or cowboys and Indians.
“And we’re so much more than that, you know, we’re doctors, we’re teachers, we’re performers, we’re artists, that’s what I want the world to see,”
Nō tana toahanga i te Pow-Wow Miss Indian World, ko te whiri taura here tangata tāna mahi. He mea nui ki a ia kia whiria hoki te Māori ki taua taura. Ko tāna ki Te Ao Māori, kua roa nei ia e mātai ana i te ao whakapāho Māori.
E ai ki a ia, arā nga rerekētanga o ngā whakakitenga wāhine iwi taketake i ngā whakataetae auraki.
“Pageantry, you know the bathing suits and the heels and the gowns. You know not to knock anything of beauty pageantry but indigenous pageantry is a big thing back in America and Canada.
“Throughout this week-long competition you’re competing in public speaking, interviewing, traditional presentation, traditional dancing as well as an essay.”
Hei tā Cheyeene Eete anō, ko te noho a te tuakana me te teina kua herea ki waenga i ngā kaiwhakataetae, he oranga wairua.
“My other friend Willow she did a presentation, in her tribe they write their life story on a piece of hide and it goes in a circle, so you’re pretty much responsible for documenting your own life story.
“I’ve seen a girl do basketry, sewing, on girl brought a canoe on stage. One from my tribe brought an alligator.”
He uri whakaheke i ngā kaipupuri kōrero tuku iho, he ringa tuitui i ngā iwi taketake. Kāore e kore, ko Cheyeene Eete ka whānui te kitea i ngā pae whakaata, ā taihoa ake nei.