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7:58 AM
March 14th, 2013
"Miss Navajo" was a pretty good documentary. My wife is Navajo so this was quite a treat. Turned out to be an exceptional film about exceptional young ladies. This is not the typical pageant of women parading around in evening gowns and bikinis and answering stupid questions. This is a contest that stresses the best of these young women and their knowledge of and ability to carry on their heritage. It shows their beauty and nobility in a way that our traditional pageants never could. A fascinating documentary of how the Navajo have adapted the beauty pageant of the world outside their tribe into a ceremony that fits well into their culture. The winners of “Miss Navajo” are beautiful women, to be sure, but they must show competence in the Navajo language, history, and way of life (not many other beauty pageants have sheep butchering as one of the requirements). Many of the contestants are wearing extraordinarily beautiful silver and turquoise necklaces and bracelets. Crystal Frazier, a young Navajo woman, prepares to compete for the title of Miss Navajo Nation, a contest that honors her culture. This documentary follows her journey, interspersed with the event’s history and interviews with past winners.


"Miss Navajo" was a pretty good documentary. My wife is Navajo so this was quite a treat. Turned out to be an exceptional film about exceptional young ladies. This is not the typical pageant of women parading around in evening gowns and bikinis and answering stupid questions. This is a contest that stresses the best of these young women and their knowledge of and ability to carry on their heritage. It shows their beauty and nobility in a way that our traditional pageants never could. A fascinating documentary of how the Navajo have adapted the beauty pageant of the world outside their tribe into a ceremony that fits well into their culture. The winners of “Miss Navajo” are beautiful women, to be sure, but they must show competence in the Navajo language, history, and way of life (not many other beauty pageants have sheep butchering as one of the requirements). Many of the contestants are wearing extraordinarily beautiful silver and turquoise necklaces and bracelets. Crystal Frazier, a young Navajo woman, prepares to compete for the title of Miss Navajo Nation, a contest that honors her culture. This documentary follows her journey, interspersed with the event’s history and interviews with past winners.

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