LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An associate professor from New Mexico State University had the moment of a lifetime last month in England.
“I went to the Windsor Castle with those of us from the pageant to meet the queen,” said Donald Pepion, 67, an anthropology professor, via email. “We had tea and crumpets.”
Pepion, a Blackfeet Native American originally from Montana, was with 10 other Native Americans from different Plains tribes selected to participate in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant, May 10 -13, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It was his first trip to England.
“Although I had many questions about the Native Americans’ participation in the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant, I was willing take advantage of an opportunity to share Native American culture,” Pepion said. “Of course, my underlying passion as a horseman from a Montana ranch background lures me when I am invited to wear my traditional Blackfeet Indian regalia and ride a horse.”
Pepion’s Blackfeet, or “Pikuini,” name is “Iits-sim-mah-kii” or Stabs Down. He wore a traditional white, tanned buckskin suit with hand-beaded Login to read more