I highly recommend this documentary. Crystal is an engaging young woman, seeming initially very shy and reserved, but with inner depths of determination and strength. It was very affecting to hear other Miss Navajos discuss their experience, and this documentary also includes a good discussion of the residential schools which did much to suppress Native American culture throughout America. I would definitely show this in a class.
- How is culture preserved? How is it passed on? How is it destroyed?
- Compare and contrast this pageant to something like Miss America. How do the expected skills differ? How does dominant American culture express itself in more mainstream pageants?
- What is the gender role for a young Navajo woman?
- Traditional Navajo culture is matriarchal. Is this seen in the film? How?
Documentary website here
Runtime: 58 Minutes
Streaming on Netflix: Yes