Natalie Keyssar’s photos capture a small-town Native American beauty pageant

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

Each year, pageants like Miss Native American and Miss Indian World invite indigenous women from around the United States to represent historically disenfranchised tribes and celebrate their cultural heritage.

And in the rural town of Pembroke, North Carolina, which sits along the state’s southern border, a much smaller annual pageant takes place: one honoring the girls and women of a tribe that has fought for federal recognition for over 130 years.

Kerigahn Jacobs, Miss Teen Lumbee 2018, and Lyndsey Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2018, wearing their native regalia.

Kerigahn Jacobs, Miss Teen Lumbee 2018, and Lyndsey Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2018, wearing their native regalia. Credit: Natalie Keyssar

The Lumbee Homecoming is a week-long summer event hosted by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and includes competitions for Miss Lumbee, Teen Miss Lumbee, Junior Miss Lumbee, Little Miss Lumbee and Senior Ms. Lumbee, as well as a veteran’s ball, pow wow and parade.

This year’s Homecoming, originally set to begin in late June,

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Des Moines native Abbie Eichman died at 36


A Cubs fan, the “flower lady,” husbands, wives, and more are part of the more than 1,400 Iowans lost COVID-19 as of early October 2020.

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The turtle figurine on Abbie Eichman’s work desk always faced north.

If it were skewed in any other direction, Abbie knew someone had visited. And that meant she probably needed to tidy up.

Abbie was equally meticulous at home, where she fashioned a labeled box for every pair of her shoes and rotated them through her closet based on the season. She never bored of clothes either, routinely selling old pieces and buying new ones to complement her collection of designer bags.

Now, Abbie’s parents, Bret and Caroyle Andrews, find themselves slowly making their way through their only daughter’s massive wardrobe. 

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Bret and Caroyle Andrews lost their daughter Abbie Eichman to COVID-19. Caroyle said, “She was the most giving

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Inglewood native starts clothing line to represent hometown

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — Hometown pride is something quite common in the Inglewood community and one Inglewood native and business owner Steve Cotton, wanted to come up with a brand that embodied his neighborhood.

“Nipsey Hussle started the Crenshaw/Slauson movement and it was just really booming at the time,” Cotton said. “So, we decided to do a brand that represented our city: Inglewood, City of Champions.”

Cotton received his business degree from Hampton University before moving back home. That’s when he started Inglewood Clothing line about three years ago.

“I never thought I’d be a fashion designer, but now I’m making clothes every day,” Cotton said. “I’m doing inventory. I’m doing invoices, and it really allows me to use my business degree.”

Holly Fowlkes regularly and proudly wears her Inglewood mask from the clothing line.

“It’s giving people other opportunities to express themselves and since the city of Inglewood is

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Native American furs, hides sold at War Bonnet in Shawno, Wisconsin


The War Bonnet Native American gift shop in Shawano sells traditional Indigenous crafts made from animal hides and pelts. (Photo: Karen and Leo Dillenburg)

SHAWANO – Many of the artisan suppliers of goods to the War Bonnet Native American gift shop in Shawano still live and work much in the same way people did hundreds of years ago.

Owners Karen and Leo Dillenburg said some of the hunters and trappers they do business with are so off-grid that sometimes the only way to contact them is through a very old-fashioned system.

“Most still live in the bush and it’s really hard to find them,” Leo Dillenburg said.

These rugged tradespeople live in the wild in Canada’s remote Yukon and Northwest territories or Alaska.

For some, the Dillenburgs have to leave a note containing an order for fur and leather goods at the nearest small village on an Indigenous reservation

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