Smoke, of the Onondaga Nation, was named the 2017 Indian Village
Princess at the New York State Fair. (Provided photo)
Syracuse, NY -- An Onondaga Nation resident and LaFayette High
School senior was named 2017 Indian Village Princess at the New
York State Fair.
Smoke is a senior at LaFayette High School. She plays basketball,
volleyball and softball.
Kyla Smoke, 18, will represent the Onondaga Nation for 13 days
at the fair. She'll be the lead dancer and an announcer. Her duties
will also include greeting visitors and answering questions about
Haudenosaunee culture and history.
"I think it is pretty exciting," Smoke said. "I'm honored to
represent my nation."
Smoke is the daughter of DJ Smoke and Onondaga Nation Clan Mother
Ev Powless. She has been dancing in the Indian Village at the fair
for five years. Smoke plans to study sports management at Cazenovia
College in the fall.
"We're very proud of her," Powless said. "She's well-respected
in the community and is a role model for the youth here."
Each year the member nations -- Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida,
Mohawk and Tuscarora -- of the Six Nation's Agricultural Society
Indian Village at the fair take turns hosting and nominating a princess
to represent their people. This is the year of the Onondaga Nation.
The requirements to be Indian Village Princess are a female
between 16 and 24 years old who is single with no children and is
drug and alcohol free. She also must have knowledge of Haudenosaunee
traditions and history.
"Everyone knows her and knows her personality," her mother said.
"Throughout the community, I hear people say that they couldn't
have picked a better princess. Her dad and I are very proud of her
and very excited for her. She earned this."