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photoblog image Miss Arizona

Miss Arizona

 

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.

 

photoblog image Parada Del Sol 2020 23..jpg

 

 

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Miss Arizona

 

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.

 

photoblog image Parada Del Sol 2020 23..jpg

 

 

photoblog image Parada Del Sol 2020 21..jpg

 

 

comments (15)

that is a good initiative, Elizabeth. and i like your shots of the princesses.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love it! Thank you, Ayush!
They were all extremely nice, articulate ( in both languages) and a credit to their tribes.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes they were. I really enjoyed listening to them speak!
Très beaux costumes, j'aime ces coiffures très colorées.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Feb 2020, 06:30
How civilised they must be to adhere to these sensible rules. I like her headgear..
OMG, Elizabeth. If only ALL "beauty" pageants were so "sensible," as Chris has said!
Quelle bonne initiative , la beauté est partout !
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Feb 2020, 08:11
That seems a very acceptable and enjoyable contest.
Seems like a far more sensible pageant , one for real people
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Feb 2020, 09:40
Mindboggling to an outsider. With 562 in the US, the question arises of when is a tribe a tribe? Does all 21 tribes in Arizona speak different languages? Then I see Miss Indian Arizona - I always thought that the Indian word is a no-no in modern USA.

Anyhow - amongst others I am an anthropologist and such gatherings would hold my interest, but immediately require a much better understanding of how these people relate.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I’m not a expert.... but the tribes are actually Nations.... set out by the tribes themselves looong before white man came and tried to “civilize” them at the least, kill them off at the worst. The languages are very very different.... Navajo and Hopi who live very close to each other have extremely different languages. I, too was surprised by the Miss Indian title- which is being changed- but Native American doesn’t fit in a crown as well! smile. It is all fascinating and I’ve found such a love for our indigenous peoples. Even the “scary” Apaches!
I prefer the usual way of judging the pageants I think, the winner surely should be the one you describe rather than the best looking one, that appears a bit sexist to me to be honest. I hadn't realised there were 562 different tribes in America.
The turquoise is a giveaway as to where we are.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 26 Feb 2020, 16:57
quite festive
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Feb 2020, 19:01
What sensible criteria, Elizabeth
it must have been a great celebration Elizabeth... your portraits of the beautiful Indian princess and the way that they were chosen is wonderful....petersmile
Seems like a respectful contest, Elizabeth smile

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