‘Sacred Native’ writes new page of Indigenous fashion

Courtesy photo | Dharshini Yazzie
President Russell Begaye with models, from left, Braunwyn Walsh, Sommer Yazzie, Tahnee Yazzie, Corilee Bearshield, Tehya Yazzie, Taloah Yazzie and former 2016-17 Miss Alaska Alyssa London on Saturday at the “Sacred Native Fashion Show 2018” during the Western Navajo Fair in Tuba City.

By Kyla Rivas
Special to the Times


The Sacred Native Fashion Show celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Explore Navajo Museum during the Western Navajo Fair.

In perfect weather with a celebrity-filled guest list and over 400 other people attending, the event was a success and a new page of fashion history was written.

Troi Whitethorne, producer and artist, has coordinated the show since 2008 as an attraction during the fair.

Nobody could have predicted how the small show would cause a re-imagining of cultural representation.

Over the years the Tuba City fashion show has gained a reputation for launching new designers and inspiring seamstresses to become couture designers overnight.

This year’s fashion show hosted world-renowned designer Belinda Daychief Bullshoe of the Blackfeet/Blood Tribe of Montana. Bullshoe has been to New York, Paris, Malaysia and recently “Fashion Speaks” in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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