Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial 2019

Gallup Ceremonial SCHEDULE

Friday, August 2, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial is the longest-running, continuous event In the State of New Mexico. Home to the oldest Native American Art Show in the country. Parades, Dances, Art Demonstrations, Native Foods, Rodeos, Pow-Wow, Song & Dance, Night Dance Performances, and Pageants.

Aztec Danza Mexicayotl

Friday, August 2, 2019
12 pm to 5 pm – Artist Check –in – Exhibit Hall

Saturday, August 3, 2019
6:30 am – 5K Fun Run/Walk – Ellis Tanner Parking Lot
9 am to 5 pm – Artist Check-in/Exhibit Hall
7 pm –MEGA bucks Bull Riding

Sunday, August 4, 2019
8 am – IJRA Junior Rodeo
8 am – 6 pm – Art Judging – Exhibit Hall

Monday, August 5, 2019
6 pm – Tiny Tot Pageant/El Morro Theatre

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
6 pm – Art 123 Best of Show Night/Arts 123 Gallery

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
12 noon – Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Luncheon/Howard Johnson
6 pm – Opening Night & Preview Night/Red Rock Park
7 pm – Iron Cowgirl Challange

Thursday, August 8, 2019
9 am – Open Rodeo Slack
10 am – Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen – Contemporary Talent/El Morro Theatre
2 pm – Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Traditional Talent/El Morro Theatre
7:30 pm – World Famous Night Parade

Friday, August 9, 2019
10 am – 8 pm – Exhibit Hall Open/Red Rock Park
1:30 pm – Open Rodeo – 1st Performance – Red Rock Park
4 pm – Gourd Dance – Powwow
7 pm – Voladores – “The Flying Men” / Red Rock Park – Powwow arena
7:30 pm – Powwow – Grand Entry/Powwow arena
7:30 pm – 2019-2020 – Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Coronation/Main Arena
7:45 pm – Best in Show Artist Check Presentations/Main Arena
8 pm – Night Dances performed by different Native American Tribes/Main Arena/ Featuring The White Buffalo

Saturday, August 10, 2019
8 am – Song and Dance Registration/Red Rock Park
10 am – Parade/Downtown Gallup
10 am – 8 pm – Exhibit Hall Open/Exhibit Hall
2 pm – Gourd Dance/Pow Wow
12 pm – Song and Dance Grand Entry/Song and Dance Arena
1:30 pm – Open Rodeo – 2nd Performance/Main Arena
4 pm – Na’nizhoozhi Field Day – East of Exhibit Hall
6 pm – Pow Wow Grand Entry/Pow wow arena
7 pm – Voladores “The Flying Men” – Powwow
7 pm – Rope for the Hay – Jackpot Arena
7:45 pm – Memorial – Late Dr. Honorable Senator John Pinto/Main Arena
8 pm – Night Dances performed by different Native American Tribes/Main Arena
8 pm – Country Dance with Good Ol’ Boys –RRP Horseshoe/ Featuring The White Buffalo

Sunday, August 11, 2019
10 am – Song & Dance Roll Call/Song and Dance Arena
10:30 am – Cowboy Church – Billy Grande – Amphitheater
10:30 am – The Good Ol’ Boys Band – Main Arena
11 am – Exhibit Hall Open/Exhibit Hall
11:30 – Wooly Riding Pre-show
12 pm – Open Rodeo Top Ten Short-Go/Main Arena

Plus Wrangler Old School Days Event presented by Amigo Automotive. Buffalo Riding, Hide Race, Wild Horse Race, Pony Express Race, Wild Cow Milking, Fruit Scramble, Women’s Steer Riding, Frybread Pan Throwing, Jr/Sr Ribbon Roping and the One Arm Bandit & Company.
Admission Prices:
Thursday and Saturday event admission fee $10.00 per person, 12 and under free per day.

Ryedale Largo 13 year old Navajo Youth Soloist

Aztec Danza Mexicayotl

Shelly Morningsong – and Fabian Fontenelle (duet)

Gallup Ceremonial Performances

Fernando Cellicion – Zuni Flutist
Ryedale Largo Navajo Youth Soloist
Shelly Morningsong – and Fabian Fontenelle (duet)
White Mtn. Apache – Rudy Padilla
Tree Cody- Flute Soloist
Comanche Pewewardy Dancers
Ryedale Largo Navajo Youth Soloist
Jay Begay and Sons Navajo Dancers
Carnes Burson Soloist
Pollen Trail Navajo Dancers
Zach George Navajo Soloist
Pima Basket Dancers Glenda Lopez
Aztec Danza Mexicayotl
Totonac Voladores Fly

Santa Fe Indian Market

SWAIA will celebrate its  annual Santa Fe Indian Market the week of August 13-18, 2019.

Santa Fe Indian Market

Over 175,000 people will com to Santa Fe this August. The, Santa Fe Indian Market attracts international visitors from all walks of life

Most events are free and open to the public. Join us! It will be an experience of a lifetime.
The Market was first held in 1922 as the Indian Fair and was sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico.

The market features pottery, jewellery, textile weavings, painting, sculpture, beadwork, basketry, and other traditional and contemporary work. It is the oldest and largest juried Native American art showcase in the world.

Artists display their work in booths around the Santa Fe Plaza and adjacent streets, selling directly to the general public.
Many buyers make a point of arriving downtown very early in the morning, and it is not unusual to find artists having sold out within a few hours.


7:00PM – 8:15PM
Warrior Women (64 min.) – USA. The life of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna

1:00PM – 9:00PM
@ 1PM- Wiñaypacha (Eternity) ( 87 min.) – PERU @ 3PM – The Blessing (74 min.) – USA @ 7PM

1:00PM – 9:00PM
@1PM – Total Running Time: 98 min. Ara Marumaru (The Shadow) (8 min.) – NZ Angelique’s Isle

7:00PM – 10:00PM
All-ages event including entertainment and a special preview of IM: EDGE Contemporary

11:30AM – 2:00PM
Sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Arts.
This exclusive event brings together the top award-winning artists and the Indian Market community to celebrate this year’s best work.

Location: New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

2:00PM – 4:00PM
The Sneak Preview allows SWAIA Members the opportunity to view phenomenal award-winning artworks before the Market opens on Saturday morning, and to meet SWAIA ‘Best of Show’ artists in an exclusive setting. Includes a special preview of IM: EDGE Contemporary Show!

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Following the Sneak Preview, the public will have the opportunity to preview award-winning art at a reduced ticket price. The General Preview is your chance to view all the best of the show award-winning artworks before the weekend market begins. Includes a special preview of IM: EDGE Contemporary Show!

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 7:00AM – 5:00PM
The 98th Santa Fe Indian Market transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 1,000 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets.

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
8:30 Robert Tree Cody
9:30 Louie Gonnie
10:30 Louie Gonnie
11:30 Tony Duncan & Family
12:30 NARF Panel: “Activism and Art – Breaking Barriers to the Ballot Box.”
1:30 Larry Yazzie/Native Pride Dancers
2:30 Donn Clark Blues Band
3:30 Innastate
4:30 “Waiting for You,” a song honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, performed by Red Willow Harmony of Taos Pueblo

Theme of “Honoring the Strength and Resilience of Native Women.”
IM: EDGE takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center as part of the official Santa Fe Indian Market. It is free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 15th: (Indian Market Kick Off Party) 7pm – 10:00pm
Friday, August 16th (During Best of Show and Preview Events) 10am – 8:00pm
Saturday, August 17th: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 18th: 9:00am – 4:00pm

TIME: 1:00PM – 10:00PM

Indian Market Gala

One of the most glamorous and popular events of the Santa Fe Indian Market is the Live Auction Gala and Reception. This fundraiser for the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA), the organization that produces the Indian Market, begins with a silent auction and cocktail reception and culminates with the exciting Live Auction dinner.

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 8:00PM – 10:30PM
@ 8PM – RAILYARD Ralph Breaks the Internet TRT: 116 min. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.”
Families are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets and arrive in time to secure a spot on the lawn. Food available for purchase from a variety of local food trucks. The movie will begin at sunset.
Location: Railyard Park 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA


Santa Fe Indian Market Website

Southwest Navajo Fair & Rodeo

Navajo Fair Pow Wow

Sunday, July 28, August 4, 2019

The 33rd Annual Southwest Fair and Rodeo will be in Dilkon, AZ.
The theme is “Continuing Progress through Dedication & Tenacity

Community events, Rodeo, Song and Dance, Pow Wow, Team roping, Bull riding, and Barrel Racing! Check for further updates and information.


Sunday, July 28
11 AM Miss Southwest & Lil’ Miss Southwest Pageant White Cone Chapter

Friday, August 2, 2019
9:00 AM Elder Fest
9:00 AM Youth Day
9:00 AM Health Exhibits
9:00 AM Open Junior Rodeo
9:00 AM Vendors
9:30 AM Horsemanship Training
10:00 AM Navajo Bingo
12:00 PM Bar-be-que
1:00 PM Horsemanship Training
4:00 PM Tiny Tots Rodeo
5:00 PM Song & Dance
5:30 PM Pow Wow
6:00 PM Bull Fest
9:00 AM Country Dance featuring Stateline

Saturday, August 3, 2019
7:00 AM 5K & 2K Runs
9:00 AM Parade 10:00 AM Vendors
10:00 AM 4D Barrel Racing Time Only
11:00 AM Pow Wow
11:00 AM Song & Dance
11:00 AM Fashion Show
1:00 PM 4D Barrel Racing
1:00 PM Navajo Bingo
6:00 PM Song & Dance
6:00 PM Pow Wow
6:00 PM Timed Event Rodeo
9:00 PM Country Dance featuring Stateline

Sunday, August 4, 2019
9:00 AM Senior Rodeo
10:00 AM Song & Dance
12:00 PM Dummy Roping
1:00 PM Navajo Nation Junior Bull Riding

The Southwest Fair and Rodeo Board is comprised of the following individuals:
President – Lorenzo Lee
Vice-President – Margie Barton
Treasurer – Marilyn H. Begay
Secretary – Lula Begay

For information on events, bids, and other miscellaneous items, please refer to the Dilkon Chapter (928) 613-8101 or (928) 613-8102. The Chapter Staff will take your inquiries and refer them to the Board.

Eastern Navajo Fair and Rodeo – Crownpoint, NM

July 24-28 2019 in Crownpoint NM.

“Starts with the East”

MAP of  Crownpoint NM.

Eastern Navajo Fair and Rodeo


Monday, July 22nd
8:00 am 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
8:00 am Shotgun Start, Albuquerque, NM

Wednesday, July 24 Education Day
6:00 am Blessing Ceremony
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Horse Show, Rodeo Arena
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: School & Organization Exhibits
7:00 pm Team Roping – Rodeo Arena

Thursday, July 25th Elder Day
9:00 am – 4:00 pm: ElderFest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: School & Organization Exhibits
12:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Check-in 4-H Livestock at Larry Lantana 4-H Pavilion
2:00 pm Free Barbecue
9:00 am – 3:00 pm School & Organization Exhibits
5.30 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Participant and Leaders Orientation
7:00 pm New Mexico Jr. Bulls Rodeo Arena
10:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Exhibits/Barn Closed

Friday, July 26″ Youth Day
6:00 am Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
6:00 am 4-H Jr. Livestock Archery Exhibits Barn Open
8:00 am Indian Junior Rodeo Association
9:00 am 4-H Jr. Livestock Archery JUDGING
11:00 am Grocery Scramble at IJRA
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Entertainment Rockin Oldies Dance Contest
2:00 pm Music Festival begins
3:00 pm Baby Contest begins
4:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Archery Awards
6:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
7:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock/Archery Parade of Champions
Ladies Night Out Rodeo- AIRCA Rodeo Arena
8:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Archer Check Out
9:00 pm Entertainment Country/Western Dance!

Saturday, July 27″ Unity Day
5:00 am- 10:00 am Registration Navajo Special Diabetes
Program 5 Annual Rocky Canyon Co-Ed Half Marathon Relay Run
7:00 am Parade Line Up
9:00 am AIRCA Slack if needed
9:30 am Parade – Downtown Crownpoint
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: 5th Annual J & S Car & Truck Show – NTU Campus
12:00 Pow Wow
1:00 pm AIRCA – Rodeo Arena
Song & Dance
2:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
5:00 pm Song & Dance Break Ceremony
6:00 pm Song & Dance Entertainment
7:00 pmAIRCA-Rodeo Arena 4-H Archery Target Shoot
Pow Wow
9:00 pm Entertainment Country/Western Dance

Sunday, July 28 Armed Forces/Veterans Day
8:00 am – 1:00 pm 5K/10K Race – Downtown Crownpoint
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Veterans Recognition
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Raffle Drawing: ATV
12:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Gourd Dance
1:00 pm NNRA – Rodeo Arena
5:00 pm Closing Ceremony

Contact Information

P.O. Box 2029
Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313
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(505) 860-9127

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2019

Navajo Nation Fair

September 2-7, 2019

Pageant Schedule

Monday, September 2, 2019
Butchering Competition – 7:00 AM
Traditional Food Competition – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
MEET & GREET – 8:30 AM 9:00 AM

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Business Interview – 9:00 AM 8:30 AM
Navajo Interview – 1:00 PM

Thursday, September 5, 2019
8:00 AM – KIDS DAY

Friday, September 6, 2019
9:00 AM Contemporary Skills & Talent Competition
1:00 PM – Traditional Skills & Talent Competition

Saturday, September 7, 2019
8:30 Parade
6:00 PM – Coronation
Navajo Nation Fairgrounds

For more information call 928-206-9989

Navajo Nation Fair for 2019 Info:





ronda-joe-miss-navajo-nation-2016-17Ronda Joe – Miss Navajo Nation 2016-17
Rock Point Chapter/Northern Agency

Of the Towering House Clan, born for Water Flow Together Clan


Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants Photos

Navajo Nation Fair 2019 Information

The Navajo Nation Fair for 2019

“Honoring the Dine Way of Life”
September 2-8, 2019
Window Rock, AZ

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Past Winners

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Past Winners

Check back here for More Navajo Fair 2019 Events and dates

List of Events for 2018

Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.

Subject to Change

Navajo Nation Fair Map

Map courtesy of Navajo Nation Special Events Section

More information and forms can be obtained at or you can call the Navajo Nation Special Events Office at (928) 871-6647.

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Past Fairs Info

Pow Wow Results and Photos

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2013 Photos

Navajo Nation Fair 2013 Baby Contest Winners List and photos:

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2013 full contestant bios, photos and schedule.

Miss Navajo Nation Pendleton Shawl Presentation

Western Navajo Nation Fair Tuba City, AZ

 Annual Western Navajo Nation Fair in Tuba City, Arizona.

October 11 -14, 2018

Photo  courtesy of  Western Navajo Fair
The Western Navajo Fair is held yearly in the town of Tuba City, Arizona.

Schedule Western Navajo Fair 2018

All Week

Yei Bi Cheii Ceremony
Friday, October 05, 2018
5PM-Arrival of Night Chant Medicine Bundle
9PM-Night Chant ceremony begins
Monday, October 08, 2018
9PM-The Four Direction Offering
10PM-Night Chant Beauty Way Begins

October 10, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Miss Western Teen Pageant

October 11, 2018
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Kid’s Day
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Elder Fest
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Exceptional Rodeo
12:00 amZumba

October 12
6:00 am – 12:00 am Miss Western Navajo Pageant
8:00 am – 12:00 am Open Junior Rodeo
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm Pow Wow Day 1
7:00 pm – 12:00 am Open Rodeo

October 13
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Western Navajo Fair Parade
11:00 am – 12:00 am Pow Wow Day 2
7:00 pm – 12:00 am Nelly at the 50th Western Navajo Fair

October 14

5:00 am – 12:00 am Yei Bi Cheii Ceremony Ends
9:00 am – 12:00 am Open Rodeo
10:00 am – 12:00 am Final Day for Pow Wow

Courtesy of  Western Navajo Fair

 Western Navajo Fairgrounds Tuba City, Arizona.

Western Navajo Fair Tuba City

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants 2017

Pageant Contestants

Darienne Nez, Crystal Littleben, Kaylee Walker Begay, Rayvon Yazzie, Devin Gorman, Niagara Rockbridge, Kayla Martinez, and Summer Jake

Contestant #1 Summer Jake
My name is Summer Jake; I am Coyote Pass Clan, born for Water Flows Together. I am 24 years old, born in Gallup, NM and raised in Goat Springs AZ. My parents are April James and Arnold Jake and attend St. Michael’s Indian School then graduated in 2011 on May 21. For the past four years, attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and graduated with a B.S. in Biology this past May of 2017.

My future goals are to attend a Clinical Psychology program at Midwestern in Glendale, AZ and come back to the reservation to work in a Psych Department. If chosen as Miss Navajo Nation 2017-2018, I want to be able to encourage young Diné people to follow their dreams, to work hard to acquire their goals that most people look at as impossible. Also, I want to promote healthier living from increasing physical activity and having healthier eating habits. Lastly, to stress the importance of Diné Bizaad, to keep it from dying.

Contestant #2 Kayla Martinez
My name is Kayla Martinez. I am 22 years old and I am from Tuba City, Arizona. am part of the Salt Clan born for the Edgewater Clan. My maternal grandfather was part of the Big Lodge people of the Crow Tribe, but, unfortunately passed away. My paternal grandfather is from Red Running into Water Clan.

My decision to run for the Miss Navajo Pageant began when I was a young child. My grandmother, who was always encouraging me to be the very best could be, told me that to achieve your dreams; one must be willing to do what it takes to make it come true. I grew up with these teachings, as my family relocated from my hometown in Tse Bonito, New Mexico to Page, Arizona. I never forgot my grandmother’s teachings, applied it as well as many other teachings in my life. Being a Pastor’s Daughter, some of those morality teachings came helpful in different areas in my life. May of 2010, I was promoted from Page Middle School, soon after was when my family again relocated to Tuba City, Arizona. The reason for relocating was because my family started a church. I personally wasn’t too thrilled to be moving to Tuba City, Arizona, but after being there for the past seven years it’s become my home.

Through observing, I have noticed different issues; I wish to address and hope to become an advocate for as the next Miss Navajo. The first is pertaining to our elders. It is a way of life in the process of life that it comes to an end. How our society and younger generation treat them is unacceptable. The treatment that they are expendable and unimportant is saddening. The second is directed to the victims and families of victims who have been impacted and change due to the social discourses of suicide domestic violence and sexual assault. I understand that this is a very sensitive topic in our nation but it must be addressed by someone who has come through it. I wish to be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. Lastly is to bring housing that is attainable and affordable to starting families. Not only through NHA but to bring forth a designed specifically for our local area that is not only affordable but energy efficient as well. This housing will not be just for the well-off families but more for those who can afford the typical NHA bill, the one’s starting families on the one income.

Contestant #3 Niagara Rockbridge
Fruit clan. My maternal grandparents are the Wandering People clan and my paternal grandparents are Near the Water clan. I am 18 years old. I grew up in Tselani/Cottonwood where I was raised in a traditional Hogan with horses, sheep, and a cornfield. Frequently, I travel to Pinon, Arizona where mynal asdzaa is from. Here is where I call my second home. As a student at Pinon High School I strived to get the most out of my education. The result of me striving for this goal was graduating in the top 5 of my class. As l attended grade school I had kept in mind my ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian. Since the age of 12I had begun Working with the reservation vet Dr. Adrianne Ruby as a veterinary assistant. This helped me educate not only myself but the community as well. While I was a student in elementary, middle school, and high school I would also compete for various titles. At a young age, I represented school titles and small organizations as well. As I matured Iran for an agency title. From 2010 to 2011 I was crowned Miss Central Navajo Pre-teen. In Between the years of 2011 to 2014 I carried school titles. It was until 2015 to 2016 had the honor of carrying Miss Teen Navajo. Throughout all my reigns promoted our Dine language, culture, health care of our livestock, veterans, elders, and special needs individuals, Since 2015 I have broaden my horizons and decided to run for Miss Navajo Nation. If I were selected would promote the preservation of our Dine way of life through advocating for Our elders’ Way of life, their livestock and our cultural values that tie these three subjects together.

Contestant #4 Devon Gorman
Hello, I am Devon Gorman. I am White; my matrilineal descendant tracing back to French immigrants from New Orleans. lamborn for the Cliff Dwellers clan. My maternal grandfather is Hispanic, and my paternal grandfather is of the Water’s Edge clan. I am 25 years of age and come from Chinle, Arizona. There live with my mother and father, Lorna Barreras and Melvin Gorman. They both work at the Chinle Junior High School. In addition to my parents, also have one older sister, Jennifer Gorman, who works at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center. We all work together to help take care of our cattle on the western mesas of Chinle.

L attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. Since Graduating in December of 2015, have worked as an intern at Canyon de Chelly National Monument for the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as the park’s volunteer ambassador. help to promote volunteerism for public lands, but specifically at the Canyon. I am fortunate to have found a work opportunity at home and hope to continue my career on the Navajo Nation as well.

Contestant #5 Ravonelle Yazzie
Hello and greetings everyone within the Navajo Nation and beyond I originally come from the community of Steamboat, Arizona, specifically, five miles south of the Steamboat Rock in an area called High Country. I am the granddaughter of the late Helen B. Begay and Leonard Begay. My mother’s are the Water’s Edge Clan. My father’s are the One-Walks-Around Clan. My maternal grandfather’s are the Red House Clan. My paternal grandfather’s are the Red Running Into the Water Clan. My paternal grandparents are Ella and Alex Yazzie of St. Michaels. Arizona. My parents are Roselyn and Alvin Yazzie. I am the middle child of two siblings: an older sister named Rachelle Yazzie and a younger sister named Alvanna Yazzie. I am also the aunt to my older sister’s six-year-old son Rylan Begay. We all reside in St. Michaels, Arizona. In 2013, I graduated from Window Rock High School. Four years later, I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Educational Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Even though I attended college, I realized that, as Diné, we must carry on our Navajo tradition and culture passed on to us by our grandpas and grandmas. It is sacred. We must always speak our mother language. My name is Ravonelle Yazzie but you may call me Ravon.

Contestant #6 Kayl Walker Begay
Kaylee Walker Begay comes from strong blood lineage of the Naashteezhi Tabaaha women of Canyon De Chelly (Zuni Edge-Water Clan), born for the Taneeszanii (Tangle Clan), her maternal grandfathers are of Tlaaschi’i (Red Cheek People Clan), and her Paternal grandfathers are of Tachiinii (Red-Streak R People Clan). She is 24 years young, Originally from T”iis Nanit”I better known as Cottonwood Canyon which is located in Canyon De Chelly. She resides near where the water flow out from Canyon De Chelly. Her passion in sustaining the Dine Language has inspired her to become a certified bilingual teacher.

Contestant #7 Crystal Littleben

Crystal Littleben is of the Navajo Diné) tribe, born and raised for twenty-five years on the Navajo iNation. She is of the Red House (Kin ?ichíinii) clan, born for the Coyote Pass (Ma’i Deeshgizhnii) clan. Her maternal grandfather’s clan is the Bitter Water (Biih Bitoohnii) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is the Under His Cover (Bit’ahnii). Crystal is originally from Tuba City, Arizona but grew up in Round Rock, Arizona. This is how she introduces herself as a Navajo (Diné woman.

Her parents are Dorothy B. Littleben from Tuba City, Arizona and Thomas Littleben, Jr. from Round Rock, Arizona. Her maternal grandmother was Lola Bilagody from Cowsprings, Arizona and her maternal grandfather was Henry Bilagody from Tuba City, Arizona. Her paternal grandmother is Louise Littleben from Round Rock, Arizona and her paternal grandfather was Thomas Littleben, Sr. from Rock Point, Arizona.

A daughter of a social worker and Navajo Linguist, it was only natural for her to pursue either profession. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Native American Studies from Northern Arizona University. Crystal currently works at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, for the Navajo Cultural Arts Program as a Project Coordinator. Her job gives her the daily dose of Navajo Cultural Arts and Language that she needs to pursue and accomplish her life goals. It also gives her the opportunity to work and motivate students to continue to learn the Navajo Culture and Language. The Navajo Cultural Arts Program intends to enhance and revitalize traditional Navajo cultural arts practices while providing opportunities for Navajo cultural arts knowledge holders and master artisans to share their unique skills in multigenerational setting.

If Crystal were chosen as Miss Navajo Nation, her platform will be Holistic Well-Being. She plans to promote positive and healthy living physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. She believes that our Navajo tradition is about balance and each holistic dimension contains many sub-categories. She heartily understands that we are in an environment where achieving this holistic balance is crucial. Her platform integrates and promotes our Sa’áh Naagháí Bik’éh Hozhóón way of life.

Contestant #8 Darienne Nez

Darienne Nez is T6’aháni (Near To Water Clan) and born for Tödlich’i'(Bitter Water Clan). Her maternal grandfather is T“izí Lání (Many Goats Clan) and her paternal grandfather is Tá’b??há (Water’s Edge Clan). Her maternal grandparents are Lena and Howard Begay. Lena is originally from Black Mesa, Az, and Howard is from Coalmine Canyon, Az, Darienne’s paternal grandparents are Margarete and Clark Et sitty, Margarete is Lukachukai, Az, and Clark is from Forest Lake, Az, Darienne is 25 years old and has two older sisters.

Darienne was raised on the beautiful lands of Coalmine, Az, where she was able live a simple humble life with no access to running water or electricity. Her constant exposure to horses allowed her to develop skills, such as training horses, trimming their hooves, racing horses, and at one point was involved in barrel racing. Her connection with horses has taught her valuable skills such patients and hard-work. Darienne also has a deep passion for the environment which has been influenced by her traditional upbringing

In 2016, Darienne graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University. While she was in school she had the pleasure of working for the NASA Space Grant program doing independent research on Climate Change and the impacts of rising carbon dioxide levels on crustaceans. She was also able to work for the Institute of Tribal Environmental Programs (ITEP) for 2 years working with youth on and off the Navajo reservation promoting and educating about Climate Change. Since being back at home Darienne started working with veterinarian Dr. Adrienne Ruby, aka “Rez Vet, helping animals all across the Navajo Reservation. Darienne plans to enroll into graduate school together Master’s degree in Animal Science or Environmental Policies.

If chosen for Miss Navajo Nation she hopes to promote awareness of domestic violence, campaign for love and respect for Mother Earth, and advocate for the primacy of our Dine language and culture. Darienne grew up in a domestic violent home; fortunately she was able to escape its far-reaching effects and now has a father that respects her mother. Her and her sisters were raised with the teaching that motherhood is a sacred role and relationship to be treasured. Combined with education, she believes her story can help victims and their families, possibly even saving lives. She wants to be a source of hope, encouraging victims to understand that a home without domestic abuse produces the conditions for empowerment.

She understands Mother Earth has healing and restorative properties. She believes we are a people that need to find our roots and give back to the Earth, by cleaning up our lands. Darienne also believes when we do not teach our children the beautiful language and culture of our ancestors, we deprive them of powerful weapons long used to maintain healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. She believes we can and must inspire our Dine youth to reclaim the enduring knowledge and wisdom of our elders.

If chosen for Miss Navajo Nation, she wants to challenge her Dine people to honor relationships as grounding forces to promote individual, spiritual, and collective health and strength. She believes that positive relationships can be the richest source of healing through the practice of Ké and Hózhó. Our teachings should remind us of the often forgotten relationships between living beings, elements of nature, and inanimate objects,

If selected as Miss Navajo she would represent her Dine people with dignity and humility. She would represent the Navajo nation as a committed ambassador, dedicating her time and energy to providing opportunities, promoting awareness, and instilling the highest aspirations in her Dine people.


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2017 (Full List)


Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams

Wonderful Story made for young readers about a little black bear called Lump Lump, who isn’t quite ready to hibernate for the winter.

With the help of his mother, Blue Bird, and his forest friends, Lump Lump gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a Blanket of Dreams.

Drawn from Navajo tradition you will find many characters from the Navajo Creation Story including bear, fox, hawk, and bluebird.

From the publisher:

Have you ever resisted sleep because the world is just too exciting?

No child wants to go to bed after an active day but Lump Lump, the bear is looking for something worse, hibernation, just when life is getting started to get interesting.

Only the rumor of a mysterious ‘Blanket of Dreams’ can enticed him to journey into a place he initially resist in this Native American bedtime story about friendship, Navajo folklore, and the weaving of the blanket that brings everything together.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams was written with the idea that parents Will it read aloud and discuss it with their kids. All ages would be attracted to the eye popping color artwork and  Navajo weaving references throughout.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams encourages understanding and promotes cultural connections through a picture book bedtime story with the rare ability to interest adults and children alike.


“There are numerous children’s picture book retellings of folk legends from around the world on the market today, and many for Native American stories — but Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is an exceptional addition to the genre literature that deserves to be included in any picture book collections where Native American stories are a feature.”
-Donovan’s Shelf, Donovan’s Literary Services

“Numerous adaptations of folktales from other countries appear as children’s picture books yearly, but few are as compelling and highly recommended at Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams:  Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore.”  “…full-color illustrations are simply gorgeous, eye-popping productions that truly stand apart…” “…Not only did Navajo weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas contribute a blanket to the story line for illustration, but she served as a consultant for the story, helping to fine-tune its Navajo cultural insights.  Ms. Ornelas’ weavings are in the Smithsonian, the British Museum, and many other galleries.” “…evocative, soaring, image-filled language…”   “….will easily move beyond the category of ‘picture book folklore read-aloud’ and into the realm of Native American studies.”  

-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Read the”K-Gr. 3″  “Lump Lump,  a bear cub, is not keen on hibernation, until he hears Blue Bird’s song about “a blanket of dreams.”   “…There are many sweet, non insistent lessons gathered into this tale drawn from Navajo tradition…”  “Along with the life lessons it contains, this story has an incantatory rhythm that would lend itself beautifully as a wind down to sleep.”

Gwen Jackson’s Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is available for purchase Here

Navajo Nation Outdoor Recreation

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

monument valley marathon

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Towering chestnut rock formations…crisp cool skies and soothing temperatures.
It’s a calming ambiance of Navajo that gives most visitors a sense of peace and a haven of solace. And there is certainly no shortage of stunning attractions and unparalleled scenery here in the heart of the great Southwest.
This is where traditional Navajo culture and echoes of history come to life. In fact, Navajo cultural treasures abound, which mystifies many a traveler.
Navajo tourism studies have revealed that a majority of Navajoland visitors come to the Navajo Nation to see its scenery and often return for a second visit. Visitors can enjoy an array of Navajo tribal parks, national parks, museums, tribal fairs, year-round Navajo cultural events, rodeos, hunting and fishing.
To add to the showcase of Navajo adventures, visitors can now add walking, hiking and running to their list. Within the past several months, the Navajo Nation has been working diligently with various partners to develop new venues and activities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who specifically enjoy hiking and running.
The Navajo Nation has some of the finest and stellar outdoor hiking and running trails in the world for people who have a love for the outdoors.
Feel the warmth and feel the welcome. Marvel and embrace the timeless beauty of the Navajo people and relaxing atmosphere of Mother Nature.
So take serenity to a whole new level and mark your calendar to participate in two new outdoor events on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation. On Saturday, October 29th there will be an event called the Natisaan Trail Ultra, which is a 50-mile marathon that will begin from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.
On Saturday, November 19th, there will be a Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The half marathon and full marathon begins at 10 a.m.
On December 8-11th, also a first-time event, there will be a four-state marathon called the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Challenge. On four separate days, runners will run in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado and end at Four Corners Monument. Thursday, December 8th will be Arizona, Friday is Utah, Saturday is Colorado and Sunday is New Mexico. For information about these hiking and running events, contact
The Navajo Nation is also home to a new hiking and running trail called the Navajo Nation Museum Trail in Window Rock, Arizona. The trail begins from the Navajo Nation Museum and heads north and ends at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Veterans Memorial Park.