Former Miss Central Navajo Pre-Teen Shares Her ‘Canyon Life’ on National Geographic


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 7th, 2017 Blog


Recently found this short doc featured on National Geographic's YouTube page. I know you guys will enjoy this!

From the film's synopsis:

Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a place where many Navajo families come to reconnect with their roots.



The area was once inhabited by Ancient Puebloans and some believe that the ancestral spirits still remain. Every year, sisters Tonisha and Tonielle Draper spend time in the Canyon learning about their Navajo heritage from their father and grandmother.

In this short film from the National Park Experience, watch Tonisha share her knowledge in the Miss Central Navajo Pre-Teen pageant and continue the tribe's traditions for another generation.



About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

TAGGED:    national geographic    native music    Native youth  

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