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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Navajo 101



Kat sent me this video. And it encompasses all the Diné I know, as well as some things I didn’t know. And, clearly, I didn’t know much.

I just wanted to share it with you because it gives you a good idea of what Navajo sounds like. Despite all the time I’ve spent in Kayenta, Tuba City and on Black Mesa over the past 15 years, I picked up a total of two words.

By contrast, I’ve been on Lakota lands only a few times and can actually have little conversations. Lakota is easy compared to Diné in my humble opinion.

I love this and am really grateful to these guys for posting these videos. With practice, I might know a dozen words and phrases a year from now.

4 comments:

Diane W. said...

Wow, that was really interesting! I'm going to save the video since I homeschool my kiddos and we're going to be studying Native American tribes all next year. Starting with the Southwest tribes, so this will be perfect. I love finding things that help bring another culture to life for them in fun and different ways. And, maybe we can even pick up a word or two. Thanks!

Diane :)

Debbie H said...

That is really cool! I can see why you haven't learn a lot. It seems a bit hard to grasp.

It's a lot like trying to learn Scottish Gaelic. I know one phrase so far. The Scottish Gaelic needs to be on Rosetta Stone. They have Irish Gaelic,but not Scottish.

Thanks for sharing this. I love learning about different cultures.

Scorpio M. said...

Very neat. I am notoriously bad with languages so I envy all those multi-linguists.

I do remember Kat calling Gabe, "hasteen nizhoni." Her beautiful man. That stayed with me. :)

Hi, Diane — Wonderful that you're able to be home with your boys. There are so many resources for studying Indian culture. Let me know if I can help in any way!

Hi, Debbie — Yes, it's a tough language in part because it's not easy to hear all the little in-between sounds. Having it spelled out actually helps me a lot, but you don't get that out on the land where there's no electricity. :-)

Gaelic (all kinds) is truly a lovely language. I've puttered around with it, but I don't remember much. There's an online course called Beag ar Beag or something like that that's Scottish Gaelic.

Hi, Scorpio — Aw! So nice that some of it stayed with you. Yes, she loved that Gabe. :-)

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