We had the joy of having “Miss Navajo Nation 2014-2015” visit us. The Pageant for “Miss Navajo Nation” has been held annually on the Navajo Nation, since 1952. The Pageant contestants must be unmarried, over 18 years of age, a high school graduate and be able to speak Navajo. The competition is doing such things as “Sheep butchering and Bread making,” “Contemporary skills and talent competition” and “Traditional skills and talent competition” ((such things as weaving).
McKeon Dempsey was the winner of the “Miss Navajo Nation 2014-15”. She is fluent in “Diné” (Navajo), since her Mother taught “Diné” for many years.
McKeon’s regalia was very traditional with a three tiered satin skirt and a velvet blouse. She wore a sash around her waist along with a Concho belt. A small pouch also hung from her waist, which traditionally carries “Corn Pollen” which is often used for a blessing or a ceremony.
Her moccasins were the traditional Navajo women’s moccasins which wrap around the leg.
After speaking to the Residents in “Diné”, she sang a song in “Diné” that she wrote. She then explained the crown that she wore. Made of Silver with turquoise and coral, it had a map of the Navajo Nation on the top center. Around the crown told some of the history of the Navajo Nation, including the treaty between the United States and the Navajo Nation.
After singing McKeon visited with the Residents, and taking time to listen to them. The Elders are very important to the Navajo. Miss Navajo is not just a title, for they must be role models to the young people and leaders in the Navajo Nation.
“Ahéhee’” (thank you) Mckeon for visiting and sharing with us!