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Miss Navajo is a beauty pageant that has been held annually on the Navajo Reservation, United States, since 1952.

The first Miss Navajo was Dr. Beulah Melvin Allen, in 1952. She was crowned at the Navajo Nation Fair, the largest fair held on the Navajo Nation, which had been established three years earlier.

Pageant contestants must be unmarried, over 18 years of age, be a high school graduate, and be able to speak the Navajo language. They compete in such activities like interview, sheep butchering, and answering questions in Navajo. They also have to perform a talent.


A documentary film called Miss Navajo, directed by Billy Luther (who is Navajo, Hopi, and Laguna), was filmed in 2005 and 2006, released in 2006, and shown on the Independent Lens documentary series on PBS in 2007.[1] Miss Navajo is a sacred tradition that still continues today. Miss Navajo duties as a leader is guide and be a role model of the Navajo Nation.

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