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World Eskimo-Indian Olympics crowns new Miss WEIO 2021

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 4:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) held its Miss WEIO pageant on Friday, July 24, and a new Miss WEIO was crowned.

After a final performance from Miss WEIO 2020, Tanana’s Geneva Wright, the Big Dipper hosted passing of the torch to Autumn Madison who hails from Kotzebue. “I hope I made a lot of them proud. They were sending me a lot of support along the way, throughout the pageant,” the new Miss WEIO said.

This is Madison’s first time attending the games. “Along the way, I made some new friends and I think that those are going to be some lasting friendships. These are memories that I will cherish for a very long time, and it was definitely a learning process, you know, sharing my knowledge of my culture and Indigenous people with the other girls, and definitely learning from them too, getting to know more about their platforms and seeing their talents.”

Madison has advice for those who may hope to run one day. “If you are thinking about running for Miss WEIO, I say do it. It’s a very fun experience,” she said, adding, “It takes courage to put yourself out there and speak in front of people, but it’s definitely something you should try.”

As Miss WEIO, Madison hopes to be a spokesperson for Indigenous communities across Alaska.

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