NM certifies Navajo language textbook...

NM certifies Navajo language textbook for schools

There are 5 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Oct 27, 2008, titled NM certifies Navajo language textbook for schools. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

High schools in McKinley and San Juan counties have added a new Navajo language textbook the first certified by the state to their curriculum.

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cactus jim

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Oct 27, 2008
why?
Kathie M

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Oct 28, 2008
cactus jim wrote:
why?
Because it is one of the world's most difficult languages to learn and teach - which is why the Navajo Code Talkers were so successful during the war. While there is a growing interest among the younger Navajo people to learn the language and keep their heritage alive, there are few older tribe members fluent in the language and able to teach it.

When you consider how successful it was as an unbreakable code for the US during the war, it is part of all of our heritage as well!:>
Dingo

Alamogordo, NM

#3 Oct 28, 2008
The question should not be why, but why not! It is a big part of the Navajo tradition and religion. It keeps their heritage alive. It prevents another language from dying out. I think it is a great idea! Is this just going to be local to the Navajo Nation or available to all? Does anyone know?
Evangeline

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Oct 28, 2008
Thanks for your great comments. Many Navajo parents are looking toward the schools to help them maintain and preserve their language. Navajo youth who see their language is just as important as other languages will begin to value their own language, people and culture.

Dingo, you can order the book from Salina Bookshelf in Flagstaff, AZ, Their website is www.salinabookshelf.com .
Dingo

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Oct 28, 2008
Cool! Thanks so much!!!

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