Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

embracing two CULTURES.(Final)

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

Half Anglo, the new Miss Indian World made serious study of her Navajo roots

Onawa Lynn Lacy grew up in Gallup and Raton, not on the Navajo reservation.She was taught to speak English, not Navajo. And as a child, she never learned powwow dances or Navajo religious songs.

But Lacy, a 20-year-old University of New Mexico English major, has embraced the Navajo side of her Indian-Anglo background and has made a serious study of Navajo culture as a young adult.

Her work has paid off.

After two days of public speaking, traditional dancing and traditional talent competitions, Lacy was chosen last weekend from among 34 young Indian women from around the country to wear the Miss Indian World crown for the next year.

She is the first representative of the Navajo Nation to win the title, which is given during the annual Gathering of Nations PowWow in Albuquerque. …

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