Gardnerville girl crowned Little Miss Washoe has ‘never give up’ mantra |

Gardnerville girl crowned Little Miss Washoe has ‘never give up’ mantra

By Sarah Drinkwine | Special to First Nation's Focus
Adrianne Jim, 8, with her 'Pisew' (great-Grandmother), Dinah Pete.
Photo: Sarah Drinkwine
Adrianne’s introduction speech: Mew hunga-meh heshì Everyone how are you Mew ga’hamu ungaw All of you be well Adrianne jim degum de ye- lehi My name is Adrianne jim Silatzawhu washew itlu My Washoe name is wild Lilly Haw wah wat doe galth lehi I am 8 years old Dinah Pete di pisew My great grandmother is Dinah Pete Karen Lundy di gu’u My grandmother is Karen Lundy Willie jim di goy Willie jim is my father Danean McDarment di lah Danean is my mother Destiny jim di esa Destiny is my older sister Ruby jim di witsuk Ruby is my little sister I am proud to represent the Washoe tribe of Nevada and California, my family is both from the Hung-a-lel-ti and Paw-wa-lu area. Washiw lu di gum bee Sha “I am a proud Washo”

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.


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