Navajo Grandma and Grandpa Pagaent

The first photo is of Dorothy Bitsilly being crowned, and the second she addresses the audience after being crowned during the Navajo Agency on Aging Fourth Annual Shima doo Shicheii pageant at the Fort Defiance Chapter house in Arizona. Earl Laughlin, background, from Whippoorwill, Ariz. was also crowned.

I have a strong, visual fascination with the traditional and elderly Navajo people. Their faces are so interesting and distinctive, and hint at the troubles and experiences they have lived through. Add to that the colorful traditional clothing and the jewelry they wear with such pride and even if they are simply standing at a podium I find them interesting to photograph.
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