Royalty on the rise

The judging panel: Alden Naranjo Jr., Ramada Cloud, Vanessa Torres, Linda Baker and Michael Santistevan await the ceremonies.
The Southern Ute Royalty dances as a group following their presentations.
Christina Herrera confidently answers questions.
Autumn Sage answers questions during the pageant.
Myla Goodtracks reads the story she wrote during the talent portion on the pageant.
Tauri Raines dances to Yellow Jacket in her traditional regalia.
Southern Ute Royalty, their families and community supporters join the contestants in a round dance song.
Current and future royalty take a photo after the pageant.
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s 2017 Royalty displayed their talents at the Multi-purpose Facility, Tuesday, Aug. 23. The Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Russell Blackbird entertained the guest for the evening. There are four contestants: Running for Little Miss is Myla Goodtracks, and for Jr. Miss is Christina Herrera, Tauri Raines and Autumn Sage. During the pageant they exhibited their talents, dance and knowledge of Southern Ute history in front of the 2017 Southern Ute Royalty judging panel: Linda Baker, Ramada Cloud, Vanessa Torres, Alden Naranjo Jr., and Michael Santistevan. Guest speaker Leann Wesley gave the girls encouragement and wished them luck on their journey. The winner will be announced Friday, Sept. 8 at Southern Ute Tribal Fair.

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