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Miss Navajo Is Not Your Typical Pageant

September 7, 2012 7:24 a.m.

The Navajo Nation crowns this year’s winner Sept. 8. Contestants must butcher sheep, make fry bread and speak their native language. It started in 1952 to attract tourists to the Navajo Nation Fair. But more recently the tribe saw it as an incentive to young women to learn the Navajo language, traditions and culture.

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