Miss Central almost didn’t enter pageant


Navajo Times | Rima Krisst
Miss Central Navajo Adrianne Brown hugs her grandma, Rose Ann Bahe, who arrived at the last minute as the crown was being placed on the new miss’s head.

The new Miss Central Navajo, Adrianna Brown, said she almost didn’t enter this year’s pageant.

“After completing my year as Miss Central Teen (2016-17), I thought I was done,” she said.

But the 19-year-old Diné College student decided to take one more stab at a crown, and was successful.

Among other things, it might have been her contemporary skill that stood out — having taken construction at Many Farms High, Brown explained the uses of various carpentry tools.

Her contemporary talent, reading a poem she wrote about her grandmother, also seemed to touch the judges, she said.

“My grandmother is the main reason I do this,” she said of competing in pageants.

“She refuses to speak to us in English, so we were forced to learn Navajo.”

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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.