Navajo was once in danger of losing a lot of speakers, but the Navajo nation set up programs to teach the language as well as many bilingual schools. Now there are even institutes, community colleges, and technical universities with classes in the Navajo language.
The Navajo have a tradition around celebrating a baby’s first laugh. Around three months, they watch the baby closely for that first real giggle. The person who has the good fortune of eliciting that first laugh is then responsible for throwing a party.
Spoken by 200 people in central Siberia north of Mongolia, Ket language is considered to be in the same language family as Navajo. That would make Ket speakers the only remaining members in Eurasia of the original population that colonized the Americas.
A man was given an old blanket by his grandmother. He kept it on the back of a chair for years only to find out it is a First Phase Navajo Chief blanket worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Miss Navajo Nation is not a typical beauty pageant. It’s not about beauty, it’s about finding who best embodies the traditions of the Navajo. The women are expected to know about their heritage and culture and be able to answer questions in both English and Navajo and show proficiency in various skills considered essential in tribal life, including butchering the sheep.
In an effort to preserve the language, ‘Star Wars’ is being dubbed in Navajo.
The first time a Navajo baby laughs, the family throws a party. The person who made the baby laugh provides the food.