History & Culture Timeline Tribal Chief Honoring Our Past and Present Powwow Princess

Ciara Jackson

Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess 2016-2017

 

I am  a proud member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and hails from the Bear Clan.

A 2014 graduate of Falmouth High, I am pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Currently I serve as the Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council while hold a full time job as a Security guard  for at the Mashpee Wampanoag Community and Government Center. I am a firm believer in making our world a better place. I am dedicated to my community and the youth of Indian country I believe I am a natural born leader who leads by example. I am honored to be the 2016 Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow  Princess. I will stand for my people and use my voice and my knowledge to represent my tribe formany years to come.  

 

Abigail Peters- Booth

Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess 2015-2016

 

Wuneekesuq (good day)! Nutus8ees Abigail Peters- Booth (my name is Abigail Peters - Booth). I am 16 years old and also the daughter of Joanne Peters and Daniel Booth. My brother is Daniel (D.J. Peters-Booth), the granddaughter of Edward and Jayne Peters, the great-granddaughter of Ellsworth and Abigail (Pocknett) Peters and the great-great granddaughter of Lyman and Gracie Peters. I'm also from the Bear Clan and my clan mother is Mother Bear (Anita Peters).

I am a very humble dancer. I've danced traditional, fancy and I am currently dancing jingle. I'm also involved in other traditional activities such as youth cultural and dance class. I dance to honor my ancestors, my family, and our Creator. I have been currently involved in youth council for 3 years as a councilwoman. I also observed youth council for 2 years before I joined. Because of youth council I was eligible to attend the National UNITY Conference (Arizona) in 2012 and gained leadership skills to bring back to my tribe.

Additionally, I have sung with the Lady Hawk singers at practice and I found a love for it. I have also helped my grandfather with his vendor stand during powwows. As a junior in high school I enjoyed being a varsity cheerleader and I like English and History. I attended the Native Tribal Scholars program for 3 years to encourage me to go to college. I am currently attending this program. I plan to move on to college and graduate with my masters in nursing and my goal is to work full-time at Boston Children's Hospital as a Registered Nurse and to use the knowledge I have now and in my future to help our tribal people.

I am honored and humble to be powwow princess 2015-2016. As princess I hope to accomplish that our elders and youth come together as our elders have wisdom and knowledge of our traditions to teach our youth. I love our culture and traditions and hope to accomplish an amazing year as powwow princess. Thank you and good medicine to all.

 

 

Sassamin Renee Weeden

Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess 2014-2015

Wuneekesuq (Good Day!)  Nutus8ees Sassamin Weeden (My name is Sassamin Weeden). I am the daughter of Annawon Weeden Sr. and Regina Lopes. The granddaughter of the first powwow princess Patricia Turner, Everett “Tall Oak” Weeden, Karen “KK” Lopes, and Larry Dove. Sister of four brothers; Brian, Annawon, K’tan, and Seeqan and one sister Malia. Graduated with the class of 2012 at Mashpee High School and now currently working in retail and also administration of a Cardiologist specialists.

I have been fully involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth organization (UNITY) for four years. I ran for Northeast Area Representative on the National Unity Council (NUC) in 2013 and was elected to sit on the Executive Committee. With this position I am not only obligated to represent my tribe but also the tribal youth of 11 other states along with all affiliated youth councils on the NUC. Shortly after I was elected Secretary of the Executive Committee. At the recent national conference held in Portland, OR, I was re-elected as representative. Throughout the year I have worked hard for our youth, going on trips to improve my leadership skills and raising awareness of Northeast tribes. More recently, since becoming Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess, I was elected as Vice President of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. I am so very thankful for such a powerful organization helping me further my journey in Indian Country.

Aside from UNITY I have been involved with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Youth Council since it was founded in 2009. These past 2 years I have had the privilege of being Chairwoman of the Youth Council. The laughter and shared memories I am surrounded by are what make me so passionate about what I do and who I do it for. Not many people are aware of our tribe and our traditions so as Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess I plan to travel out to Indian Country and let people know we are still here. Let them know that we are the people of the first light, the people of the dawn and we shall remain!

Kutaputunumuw! (Thank You)
Sassamin Weeden
 

 

 

Danna "Dee Dee" Jackson - Mushuhtahshunees (Little Storm)

Princess 2013-2014

Wuneekeesuq (good day),
Nutus8eesm Danna Jackson. (My name is Danna Jackson). My native name is Mushuhtahshunees which translates to little storm. I am the daughter of LaVerne Floyd and I have three sisters; Ciara, Bianca, and Anaiya. I am the granddaughter of Eleanor Jackson and the great granddaughter of Beatrice Jackson and Warren Hicks.
I have so many hopes as an up and coming youth leader. I am honored to hold the title of Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess 2013 and proud to have the opportunity to represent our tribe in a positive light. I plan to graduate high school and then attend college. I would love to study a Native American Law or teach the language to our tribal people. No matter the career choice I make when the time comes, I know in my heart that it is my duty to take my skills back to Mashpee and help our people.
Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council has been a big part of my life for four years now and I enjoy everything about it. I stay active in our community and try to attend all events and support all aspects of the tribe. My goal as Powwow Princess 2013 is to inspire our tribal people through education and tradition. With an open mind you are never too old or young to learn. Especially our youth, they can learn a lot about not only subjects in school but if they take time to listen to our elders or fellow tribal members they can learn a lot about our tribal traditions and history. Like many princesses before me I strive to make a difference but above that I hope to show other people, tribal and non-tribal, that we still have a strong culture and we are proud to be Mashpee Wampanoag.
As a junior in Falmouth High School I am a varsity cheerleader and I am Secretary/Treasurer of my class. I push to reach my highest potential and hope I can influence our youth to do the same.
Kutaputunumuw (thank you)
 

 

Keturah Nadine Peters, Sweet Dove
Powwow Princess 2012-2013

 

An accomplished scholar-athlete at Mashpee High School, Keturah is a member of the National Honor Society, the Mashpee High School field hockey and lacrosse teams, the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council, and is a member of a Peer Leadership group. An accomplished Traditional dancer, Keturah has also completed the Native Tribal Scholars program and won first place in the Cape Cod Art Association show.

Keturah hopes to use these accomplishments and her involvement in a wide range of activities to represent the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in a positive manner and help Tribal Youth strive for success. "I hope to see our Tribe maintain and preserve our culture and traditions, and I would like to work toward a stronger connection between our Youth and Elders," Keturah said. She hopes that this connection will bring a greater sense of respect and cooperation among Tribal citizens.

Keturah is the daughter of Randy Peters III and Kristine Foster, and is sister to Chenoa and Amiyah Peters. She is the granddaughter of Nadine Costa, Randy Peters, Jr., Joanne Frye and Charles Foster, Jr. She is the great granddaughter of Natalie Costa, Aneba Costa, Marjorie Hendricks and Milton Frye.

Keturah is currently a junior in high school and plans to attend college to study psychology, which she hopes to utilize to return to Mashpee and help the Mashpee Wampanoag people.

 

Tiana Lopes
Pow Wow Princess 2011 -2012

Tiana ("Wakebebasketweaver") is the daughter of Kimberly and Tyrone Lopes, and the granddaughter of Bernice and Walter Gonsalves, Karen Lopes, and Larry Dove. She has four siblings: brothers Jordan, Edwin, the late Tyrone, Jr., and sister Talease.

Tiana’s priorities as Powwow Princess include representing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe at events in a positive light. She hopes that other Nations will better understand the proud history of her Tribe. Tiana also hopes to encourage her fellow Wampanoag students to stay in school and pursue their goals.
Tiana is a former member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council and is a competitive fancy dancer. She has worked part-time at Plimoth Plantation as an interpreter

A resident of Marstons Mills on Cape Cod, Tiana is a junior at Barnstable High School, where she enjoys English and Science classes. After completing high school, Tiana plans to attend college and study nursing with the hopes of becoming a registered nurse in a maternity center.

 


 

PAST POWWOW PRINCESSES

 

 

Kiona Anderson 2010-2011

 

    

Chelsie Miranda 2009-2010

 

   

Talia Landry 2008-2009

 

   

Brailyn Frye 2007-2008

 

  

Madas Pocknett 2006-2007 

 

  

Victoria Miranda 2005-2006 

 

  

Aquayah Peters 2004-2005