Miss Navajo Nation pageant contestants judged on tribal culture know-how, including ability to slaughter a sheep
"The pageant really gets people's interest because they say, 'Oh my gosh, a pageant where you butcher sheep.' That's really the grabber," said Billy Luther, a documentary filmmaker. "But I think people walk away learning the Navajo way of life and how much the Navajo people respect women."
"It's having the knowledge of your culture; it's having respect for your mothers and grandmothers; it's the language, fluency. As we say, that's harmony; that's what we strive for," said Luther, 32, who is Navajo, Laguna and Hopi.