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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Using the information provided in the teacher background, and/or if possible, video from the Miss Navajo documentary, introduce the students to the Miss Navajo pageant. Emphasize that the competition is based on knowledge and skills important in Navajo culture.
Give the students a copy of the “Crowning Miss Navajo” article and the Rosita Isaac Oral History. Using
these materials, have the students write an essay, or create an oral presentation, about what positive
contributions such a pageant might have for both the young women participating in it and for the
Navajo people as a whole.
Iverson, Peter. Diné: A History of the Navajo. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.
Jones, Lisa. "Crowning Miss Navajo." New York Times Magazine. October 8, 2000, http://partners.nytimes.com/library/magazine/home/20001008mag-phenomenon.html.
Maryboy, Nancy, and David Begay. "The Navajos of Utah." A History of Utah's American Indians. Ed. Forrest S. Cuch, Salt Lake City: Utah Division of Indian Affairs and the Utah Division of State History, 2000. Miss Navajo Council, Inc., website, http://www.missnavajocouncil.org.
Miss Navajo. DVD. Directed by Billy Luther. 2006. Re-released, New York: Cinema Guild, 2007.
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC) produced the curriculum materials in consultation with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Office of Education, KUED 7, and the Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations.
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