2016-2017 Jr. Princess

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Taela Meli Wildcat-Johnson

Teala was born April 28, 2005 at Fort Campbell, KY, and is 11 years old. She is Cherokee and Creek, and a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.  


Teala lives in Fort Lee, VA with her Dad Harvey D. Johnson. She will be attending J.E.J Moore Middle school.


Teala is a softball player and currently waiting to join a girls softball team at her new school.


Her cultural activities include singing at the drum and dancing at the Cherokee Wolf Creek Tribe, Inc Museum every Wednesday at Varina, VA. She also visits the Chickahominy Tribal Center at Providence Forge, VA every other Thursday to dance, and to learn to bead.


The Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe educates the public on our culture - Teala has performed as one of many dancers at these events, dancing Traditional Cherokee Tear Dress and Fancy shawl at the First Landing State Park at Virginia Beach, and the Falling Creek Ironworks Festival in Chesterfield.


Teala assisted the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Eastern Band of Cherokees during traditional dances and storytelling at the Smithsonian’s Cherokee Days at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.


Teala has danced at several powwows this year – the 29th Upper Mattaponi VA, Annual Fredericksburg, VA, 31st Occaneechi, NC, 21st Mattaponi , VA, Annual WINS, Washington, DC, 64th Tulsa, OK, PEND and the Eastern Shawnee Children’s Powwow, MO PEND.  


Teala works hard preserving her Cherokee language, using it every day before and after school. During visits to Oklahoma she learns new words and phrases from her Grandma Ida Jane Johnson.