We went to the Annual "End of the Trail" celebration in Scottsdale, that takes place after the Parada del Sol. Most of the festivals we attend involve only the Northern Arizona / Four Corners Native American tribes - but this was a celebration of all twenty one (of North America's 562) tribes in Arizona. Each tribe elects a "Princess" to represent them.
Contrary to typical beauty pageants that judge based on physical appearance, indigenous women who compete in Indian princess pageants are primarily judged on how well they preserve, practice and promote traditional Indigenous cultural values and represent their community. They must be fluent in their own language, and be able to demonstrate traditional cultural skills.
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