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Navajo Language Immersion Classes

mathias | January 31, 2011

Full day Navajo Language Immersion Classes are being offered at Eva B. Stokely Elementary School at the kindergartner level, and 19 students were enrolled by their parents. According to the school’s principle, Mark Madsen, they will work their way up to more grades, possibly by next year. Note that this would require hiring more Navajo [...]

Native Languages Make Native Movies Better

mathias | January 25, 2011

According to Screen Junkies.com, The 10 Best American Indian Movies of All Time are “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Little Big Man” (1970), “Fort Apache” (1948), “Nanook of the North” (1922), “The New World” (2005), “The Fast Runner” a.k.a. “Atanarjuat” (2001), “Smoke Signals” (1998), “Apache” (1954), an “Apocalypto” (2006). Half of [...]

Navajo Language Radio

mathias | January 17, 2011

A new article in the Daily Times dissects the benefits and challenges to operating Navajo language radio stations, some additional points are presented here. Many radios have Native language radio programs or stations, but the 27,000 square mile Navajo reservation in the Southwest United States has several: KNDN (Farmington, NM), AM stations KTNN (Window Rock, [...]

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