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Miss Navajo

I recently came across Newspaper Rock, which blogs about Native American issues in popular culture, and last week they posted about Miss Navajo, a documentary about the real-life "beauty" pageant for Native young women.

A welcome antidote to the dominant society's soulless spectacle of the female sex object glamour girl gladiators scrutinized so brutally in the feature film Little Miss Sunshine, Miss Navajo has much to enlighten and convey to American women about self-respect, gender consciousness, honoring historical memory, and collective unity versus ruthless competition.

Of course this type of event has special significance for Navajo women, but it's not a bad point to make that other American women could benefit from such a model in their own lives.



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