Title: “Gender Roles In Laguna Pueblo through the Years”
When: March 19th
Where: Sandia Room
Time: 4 pm
Description: The present Miss Native American ENMU 13-14, Seneca Riley of the Laguna Pueblo will be presenting about gender roles and how they have changed over time with more career opportunities for women.
Parents: Lucianne and Dale Riley
Tribal affiliation: Pueblo of Laguna
Clans: big snake, little sun
1.What made you want to run for ENMU’s Reina/ Native Queen?
I have always wanted to represent my tribe and I saw that running Native Queen would be a good way to do that.
2. What made you attend ENMU?
I came to ENMU because of the scholarships that were offered to me.
3. Describe where you are from and your family heritage.
I come from the Pueblo of Laguna. My family heritage consists of Laguna Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Hopi and Zuni.
4. How do you embrace your culture?
I embrace my culture by learning and trying my best to practice our native traditions and religion, and also taking part in our traditional doings.
5. What do you feel you can contribute to Multicultural Affairs?
I feel I can contribute to the Multicultural Affairs by informing others of my heritage and learn more about and also share information of the many other heritages that we have here at ENMU.
6. How would you encourage others to embrace their cultures?
I would encourage others to embrace their cultures by encouraging them to learn more about their cultures and by embracing my own.
7. What is was your favorite multicultural presentation so far?
My favorite presentation so far has been the James and Ernie comedy performance.
8. What is your favorite thing about ENMU?
My favorite thing about ENMU is the small class sizes, they help me gain a better connection with my professors and classmates.
9. How has being the Reina/ Native queen affected your perspective on your culture?
So far, being Native Queen has really affected my perspective on my culture by all the support I have received from members of my tribe, it shows just how closely connected we are with members of our community and the pride that we have for our culture and lifestyle.
10. What is the one aspect of the Hispanic/ Native culture you feel most passionate about?
I feel most passionate about my native culture being that we are so very closely connected and the respect we have for each other and our environment.
11. If you could describe the Hispanic/ Native culture with three words what would they be and why?
Unique, beautiful, and precious. Unique because every tribe has their own special culture and traditions, beautiful because most tribes celebrate the beauty in our environment and people, and precious because without learning our culture, it is possible we could lose it someday.
12. What’s your favorite part about being queen?
My favorite part about being queen is making my tribe proud and seeing my younger siblings, and relatives say they want to be successful.
13. Who is your biggest influence and why?
My biggest influence would be my mother because she is a very strong woman and she holds amazing qualities that I hope to gain myself someday.
14. If there is one thing you wanted the ENMU community to know about your culture what would it be?
My community is a very friendly, and encouraging community, we are very close knit and family oriented and we are inviting to visitors.
15.What I some advice you would give to future queens?
My advice would be to be proud of who you are and where you come from, and to carry yourself the way you want to represent your tribe and fellow native Americans.