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Miss Navajo Nation Crowned

Miss Navajo Nation Crowned
October 03
14:30 2016

Ronda Joe of Rock Point, Arizona, was crowned Miss Navajo Nation 2016-2017 at last month’s Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, the largest fair held on the Navajo Nation.

Ronda Joe

Ronda Joe

The pageant has been held each year since 1952 to preserve Navajo language, culture and tradition.

According to the Miss Navajo Council (www.missnavajocouncil.org ) contestants “Exemplify the essence and characters of First Woman, White Shell Woman, and Changing Woman.”  The winner displays leadership as the tribe’s Goodwill Ambassador.

The competition requirements and events are much more difficult than the average beauty pageant.  Contestants must be unmarried, over 18, high school graduates, and speak both Navajo and English.  They compete in answering questions about traditional and modern Navajo customs in both Navajo and English.  They must demonstrate sheep butchering, make bread, and also perform a contemporary and Navajo cultural talent.

The eight contestants were observed during the pageant events by Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye who was pleased by the contestants’ performance with such high standards.   Vice President Jonathan Nez complimented outgoing Miss Navajo Nation Alyson Shirley for representation this past year and announced the winners of the event.

Miss Navajo Nation Ronda Joe stated, “It is an amazing honor to be crowned the new Miss Navajo 2016-2017.  It has always been a childhood dream to become Miss Navajo.  The reality of it is such an honor.  Words cannot express how I feel right now.”

Congratulations to Miss Navajo Nation 2016-2017 Ronda Joe of Rock Point, Arizona.

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