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Miss Navajo 2001 shares her pageant experience in new children's book

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Friday, February 11, 2022 - 11:44am
Updated: Monday, October 10, 2022 - 1:53pm

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Salina Bookshelf Inc.
Covers for the English- and Navajo-language versions of "Becoming Miss Navajo."

Each year on the Navajo Nation during the annual Navajo Nation Fair, there was one event that Jolyana Begay-Kroupa watched closely as a child: the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant.

Begay-Kroupa watched as the contestants demonstrated their abilities in everything from speaking the Navajo language to butchering sheep. And she dreamed of being crowned the title herself.

Now interim CEO for the Phoenix Indian Center, as well as a Navajo language instructor at both Arizona State and Stanford universities, Begay-Kroupa was crowned the 50th Miss Navajo in 2001.

And now, she’s written a children’s book about it titled, "Becoming Miss Navajo." The Show spoke with her to learn about her experience and the book.

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