Gardnerville girl crowned Little Miss Washoe has ‘never give up’ mantra
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — After three years of devotion and determination to represent her tribe, 8-year-old Gardnerville girl Adrianne Jim was crowned Little Miss Washoe this summer at the Dresslerville Washoe Colony Center in Gardnerville.
Adrianne said she wanted to be a good role model for her younger sister, cousin and other little girls, while carrying on Washoe culture and traditions.
“I want to encourage others to keep practicing and never give up,” said Adrianne.
During the competition, Adrianne introduced herself in Washo, sang and danced a Heniya — a lady’s hand game style of dancing — and demonstrated how to make acorn biscuits.
“The whole competition was a lot of fun and I was surprised, happy and nervous when I had won,” said Adrianne. “I worked so hard for it.”
Adrianne enjoys playing activities such as basketball and dancing. She is a fourth-grader at CC Meneley Elementary school.
One of her biggest heroes and supporters is her “Pisew,” which means great-grandmother in Washo.
“My Pisew is my hero because she teaches me Washo and everything I need to know. She is smart and I can learn a lot from her,” she said.
As she carries the title of Little Miss Washoe — and even after — Adrianne wants to continue to represent her tribe and keep the culture going by teaching others how to speak the language and the traditions of the tribe.
“I want to continue practicing and teaching Washo and representing my tribe in a respectful way,” she said. “I am proud to represent the Washoe tribe of Nevada and California.”
When Adrianne grows up, she wants to be a teacher or a basketball coach.
Sarah Drinkwine is a reporter for the Record-Courier, a newspaper within the Sierra Nevada Media Group, which publishes First Nation’s Focus.
With the Nevada Indian Commission’s offices located on the Stewart Indian School campus, Stacey Montooth is reminded every day of the culture and lands she is working to preserve and the welfare of her people she is striving to improve.