The Navajo Grandma Idol Contest is loosely based on the popular TV show American Idol. In the rug show version the Elders who wish to participate are given a theme upon which to base a song, but they only have a few minutes to think it over before they get up and sing. The winner is chosen by popular acclaim and receives a nice prize.

The theme for each contest is typically based on some aspect of Navajo culture and life. Here are the crowd favorites from a previous contest: May Shay, Darlene Furcap, and Ruth Benally.

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