Please mark your calendars for this year’s film series, which focuses on Native American culture, tying in with UNC’s 2014 summer reading book, The Round House, by Louise Erdrich. The novel focuses on a young boy growing up on a reservation and dealing with the aftermath of an attack on his mother.
The Library Diversity Committee will show and discuss the second of three films focusing on a theme of Native American culture. “Miss Navajo” is a celebration of women and tradition in Dine (Navajo) culture explored by one young woman’s quest for the Navajo Nation Crown. Directed by Billy Luther, this “film reveals the inner beauty of the young women who compete in this celebration of womanhood. Not only must contestants exhibit poise and grace as those in typical pageants, they must also answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving and sheep butchering. Miss Navajo follows the path of 21-year old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant.”—Container