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Miss Navajo (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2007 (USA)
The role of women and tradition in Dine (Navajo) culture is explored through a young girl's quest for the Miss Navajo Nation crown.



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Radmilla Cody ...
Marilyn Help Hood
Ida Gail Organick ...


Each year for the last 54 the Navajo Nation crowns Miss Navajo, a young woman who represents the ideals of traditional values and Navajo culture. Crystal Frazier, 21, lives with her family on the reservation in Table Mesa, New Mexico. She's a tomboy and a little shy, but something about the pageant captures her imagination and ignites a competitive spark. She begins to prepare by working on her talent, studying the language and, of course, figuring out what she will wear. As we follow her path to the pageant, we're introduced to former Miss Navajo winners who discuss what the title has meant to them. Everything culminates in the competition when Crystal meets the other contestants and they prepare to go before the judges. Though Miss Navajo follows a path blazed by other "competition" docs, in the end, it tells the richer stories of the struggle to hold onto a disappearing culture and the bonds that can unite across generational lines. Funny and heartwarming, this film puts beauty ... Written by David Wilson

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Very Touching
12 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Very touching and illuminating look into some very special women of the Navajo nation. It is a beautiful thing to see this new generation balance their ancestral values and culture with a dominant pop culture that includes laptops, mobile phones and the ubiquitous video camera. The Navajo language is beautiful the listen to. It is a shame that those who took so much from these people could not even see fit to leave their language alone. It is my hope all of the indigenous people of the world rise up in the 21st Century to reclaim their birthrights. This is not a slick film, but the subject matter does not call for slick movie-making. The women tell their stories in subtle and profound ways. The viewer can sense the tension they live when trying to reconcile their own identity in a dominant society that tells them to be someone else.

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