Everyone’s a winner at Ceremonial tiny tots, grandmas contests


Navajo Times | Rima Krisst
New Tiny Tot royalty Ryder Allen, front, and Sydney Lyla Ray Peyketewa, right, enjoy their winning moment as Miss Chief Manuelito Aiyanna Jack, back left, Miss Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Zunneh-bah Martin, Miss Chichiltah Veterans Princess Naomi Sandoval look on.

Five youngsters competed in the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Tiny Tots pageant and two grandmas participated in the Best Dressed Grandma & Grandpas competition on Monday evening at the El Morro Theater, hosted by master of ceremonies J.T. Willie.

“It was a beautiful night for Gallup,” said City Councilor Fran Palochak. “These type of events bring people to town and give the city an opportunity to share the beauty of our Native American culture. They also encourage the youth to carry on their traditions, which is so important.”

The 5-year-old Tiny Tot contestants bravely took to the large stage to share their language, culture and song with an enthusiastic and supportive audience that filled the theater.

Shanoah Largo, Navajo, Robert S. John, Navajo, Alyssa Tia Little, Navajo/Hopi, Ryder Allen, Navajo, and Sydney Lyla Ray Peyketewa, Zuni, all did an inspiring job in sharing their beauty, poise and talents.

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