ERIC Number: ED482041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Oral History Shares the Wealth of a Navajo Community.
Begay, Sara L.; Jimmie, Mary; Lockard, Louise
This paper describes a collaborative project in which K-3 Navajo students used oral history interviews, archival photos, and primary documents to explore the history of their communities. Participating students attended schools that were implementing the Dine (Navajo) Language and Culture teaching perspective, which is based on the premises that education is best when it reflects a sense of place, education should be based on the philosophy and values of those being educated, and teacher preparation should reflect the Dine perspective of education. Each school had a reciprocal relationship with the community. The community helped identify themes to be explored, and the students conducting field research. Students identified proficiency in the Navajo language as a resource in conducting this research. Many respondents answered students' questions in Navajo. Navajo language place names were an important link to the history of the community, names, and stories that had lost their connection to the past in translation. This research took students outside the classroom to hear stories in the Navajo language, thus helping students understand of the need to retell the stories to share the wealth of their community for future generations. (SM)
Descriptors: American Indian History, American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Education, Language Usage, Local History, Native Speakers, Navajo, Oral History, Uncommonly Taught Languages
For full text: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/NNL/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (8th, Flagstaff, AZ, June 14-16, 2001). In: Reyner, Jon, Octaviana V. Trujillo, Roberto Luis Carrasco, and Louise Lockard, Eds. Nurturing Native Languages. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University, 2003.