Barber is new Miss Northern Navajo, wears new crown

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

SHIPROCK, Oct. 9, 2014

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(Times photo - Shondiin Silversmith)

TOPOutgoing Miss Northern Navajo Megan Bedonie places the new crown on top of the 2014-2015 Miss Northern Navajo Robyn Barber’s head as Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and his First Lady Martha Shelly look on.

BOTTOM: Miss Northern Navajo contestants Deyonna Gruber, Robyn Barber and Kahlaya R. McKinney pose for a photo before the crowning on Oct. 3. Barber was crowned the new Miss Northern Navajo. (Times photo – Shondiin Silversmith)

It’s the beginning of an era because the newly crowned Miss Northern Navajo, Robyn Barber, is the first royalty to wear the new crown.

Barber, 19, from Littlewater, N.M., was crowned the 2014-15 Miss Northern Navajo after a weeklong pageant during the Northern Navajo Fair last week. Barber also won best frybread and interview.

Out of the three contestants vying for the new crown Barber won over the judges at the end of the week.

“It is shocking,” Barber said of her crowning, noting that she is still trying to adjust to it.

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