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.
Writerfella here --
writerfella is unsure, but sheep butchering kinda makes that part of the Miss Navajo competition worlds beyond a bathing suit segment. Oh, wow, the blood itself...
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