Downtown Needles, CA: Community enjoys 43rd Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days Parade.
The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe celebrated their 43rd Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days last week, which included a parade on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 in Downtown Needles, California.
The parade was broadcasted live at ZachNews on Facebook.
Little Miss Fort Mojave, Junior Miss Fort Mojave and Miss Fort Mojave as well as the Needles High School Marching Band, Fort Mojave Tribal Police, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department and members of the Needles Chamber of Commerce were among the many who participated in the parade.
These are a few of the pictures ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez captured on camera during the parade.
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The theme of this year’s parade and celebration was, “The sun rises from our past to create a brighter future,” which many of the floats in the parade where decorated to match set theme as well as some of the floats were decorated in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as decorated in purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Grand Marshal for the 43rd Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days Parade was Rosanna Hills.
According to an acceptance letter, Rosanna Hills is a member of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, her chan is Havisatz meaning frog clan, is currently employed with the Makav Chuukwarsh Language at Anya ltpak School and previously worked with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Court for 16 years in the capacity of Chief Judicial Clerk.
Rosanna Hills graduated from Needles High School in class of 1989 and received her Associate of Arts College Degree in General Studies at D -Q University located in Davis, California in 1994.
Throughout her life, Rosanna Hills been blessed to have been raised with her Mojave Language, Culture and Traditions, and in 1989 was crowned with the title of Miss Fort Mojave Royalty.
Rosanna Hills resided on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation with her family “The Hills.”
Rosanna Hills constantly learning and continue to talk with her elders in regards to Makav Language, and enjoys working with them as well as with our Makav children on a daily basis.
Rosanna Hills encourage all our Makav people to ‘jump on board” and let us communicate and speak our own language to one another once again just as our ancestors had done in the past. We have to believe our language is alive. It’s magical. Our Makav Language is the direct connection to our heart mind body and soul.
Rosanna Hills also ask that we make Makav Language a responsibility. This will allow us to really become reconnected with our core values of our Makav people. We would truly live a good way of life by bringing our families together from all directions. Makav people take care of one another and should love another and enjoy each day of our lives.
Rosanna Hills thanks the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe for selecting her name in this year’s Mojave Days parade as Grand Marshal, as well as thank all her family and friends for helping with all that has happened this day. I am truly blessed, liwanche Ahot.
Along with the Grand Marshal, Little Miss Fort Mojave (2019-2020) Payton Jackson, Junior Miss Fort Mojave (2019-2020) Sheraton Tyrene Gates, Fort Mohave Brave (2019-2020) Christopher Jenkins, Miss Fort Mojave Quail Category (2019-2020) Winner Mila Lopez, Fort Mojave (2019-2020) Roadrunner Category 1st Place Winner Emma Harper, Fort Mojave Turtle Category (2019-2020) 1st Plave Winner Iiyanna Victoria Yazzie (a.k.a. IVY), Aha Macav (2019-2020) Princess Angelina Gomez and the Hualapai Royalties all waved to the crowd of people lining West Broadway.
During the parade, Junior Miss Fort Mojave (2019-2020) Sheraton Tyrene Gates had a message for the community, to spread awareness of M.M.I.W. (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women); and ask everybody to be vigilant about your surroundings, watch your children, and know where your children are at all times; no more missing brothers, sisters or children.
Also during the parade, there were many bird singers and dancers, eagle dancers and students from the new Anya itpak (Sunrise) Elementary School presenting their daily affirmation to the crowd.
Also participating in the parade was the Avi Resort and Casino with their float entry, Fort Mojave Tribal Police Department with their float entry with bird singing and dance, the Needles High School Marching Band, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station with their patrol boat, San Bernardino County Fire Department with their Medical Engine 32 and Needles Chamber of Commerce Members Gloria and George on a classic truck, just to name a few of the many participant entries.
The parade is part of the 43th Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days celebration, which continued after the parade with activities and entertainment in the California Village area in Needles, California.
There was a royalty pageant; baby pageant; men’s bird singing and women’s bird dancing contests; culture workshops; frybread eating contest; nature walk; and tournaments for youth male shinny, wahoo, golf, tug-o-war, horseshoes and peon as well as food and shopping vendors.
The celebration was opened to the public, teaching and celebrating the history, customs and traditions of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.
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Great work to everybody who worked on and participated in the 43th Annual Fort Mojave Indian Days celebration and parade.
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