Nov 7, 2007
Directed by Billy Luther
Rated Not Rated, 60 min.
Part of the Sundance Institute Film Series
For most of us, pageants conjure up smiling beauty-queen hopefuls parading around in bathing suits or glittery gowns. But most of us have never witnessed the Miss Navajo Nation competition, an event, inaugurated in 1952, that redefines pageant as an opportunity for young women to honor and strengthen Navajo culture and reveal the beauty within.
In this sensitive documentary, Billy Luther, whose mother was crowned Miss Navajo 1966, opens the door to a surprising world, where contestants with diverse styles, physiques, and political orientations are challenged to answer tough historical questions in the Navajo language and showcase their spiritual and practical knowledge of practices like governance, traditional singing, or butchering a whole sheep.
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