Cultural Enrichment

We believe in the importance of ensuring the revitalization of our Native languages, and that our culture and traditions continue to pass on to the next generations. We have several Native language experts on staff and we contract with others to provide classes, workshops and events to the community. We have experts in cultural awareness to provide workshops and training for groups and organizations looking to embrace cultural diversity.

Seasonal Story Telling

Each season the Phoenix Indian Center offers special culturally based storytelling events using experts to share cultural teachings. Some past events included Navajo Shoegame, Winter string games etc. Check out these upcoming storytelling events:

Thursday, December 2, 2021

6:00 PM – 8:00PM                     Navajo Storytelling: Ma’ii Bahané (Coyote Stories)                        Click here to register

Join us for Ma’ii Bahané with Lyle Harvey! As an integral part of the oral tradition, coyote stories have been used to instruct and guide the young people in how to conduct themselves as well as demonstrating and reinforcing concepts of harmony and order in Dine’ society. Registration is required.


Monday, December 13, 2021


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM                     Winter Storytelling: Navajo Star Knowledge                          Click here to register

Join us for Navajo Star Knowledge with Freddie Johnson! This storytelling event will focus on the creation of the sun, moon and stars (constellations) and will be displayed through traditional string games. We will discuss how the constellations govern our wholistic well-being. Registration is required.


January 7, & 8, 2022


6:00 PM – 11:00 PM                     Késhjéé’ (Navajo Shoe Game)                         Join us in-person!

Celebrate the winter season by joining us in-person at the Phoenix Indian Center for Késhjéé’ (Navajo Shoe Game). This has been a favorite of the Diné people for centuries! Kevin Belin and Talibah Begay will conduct this fun game designed to teach the importance of virtues such as honor, honesty, loyalty and trust.

Masks are highly recommended. CDC & COVID guidelines will be followed.

Date: January 7 & 8, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (same time both days)

Location: Phoenix Indian Center | 4520 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Boys with Braids

The significance of having long hair is sacred amongst all American Indians. It connects us to our cultural identity, our spirituality and our ancestors. While all tribes are different and have varying stories and traditions about what having long hair signifies, they have teachings and a cultural connection. Long hair promotes self-esteem, self-respect, and pride. Long hair is a form of self expression that reinforces a connection to one’s family, tribe, community and traditions. Click here to download the Boys with Braids resource sheet for teachers.



Language Classes

Language Classes are offered each semester in various locations. Class offerings can include:

  • Adult Beginning Navajo language (Diné Bizaad Índa Bóhoo’aah Hóyáanii bá)
  • Adult Intermediate Navajo language (Diné Bizaad Bóhoo’aah)
  • Navajo Literacy (Diné Bizaad Wólta’ dóó Ak’e’elchíh Bóhoo’aah)
  • Intergenerational language and culture (Áłchíní dóó Amá dóó Azhé’é Diné Bizaad Yídahooł’aah)
  • Children’s Navajo language (Áłchíní Diné Bizaad Yíhooł’aah)
  • Early Childhood Navajo language (Áłchíní Yázhí Diné Bizaad Yíhooł’aah)
  • Dine Culture (Diné K’ehgo Hane’ dóó Na’nitin)
  • Navajo Singing Class


Check this page often for information about upcoming classes.

Questions? Contact our Language & Culture team at (602) 264-6768 or info@phxindcenter.org

Beginning Ribbon Skirt Making Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about ribbon skirt making? Come and join us to learn the basic skills of ribbon skirt making. Learn how to sew a ribbon skirt in just two class sessions. The instructor will go through a step-by-step process and include some background information on the story of ribbon skirts among American Indian people. Registration is required to attend these virtual workshops. *Must have a sewing machine

Click here to register!

Monday, October 18, 2021 & Wednesday, October 20, 2021

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Held Virtually on Zoom


Navajo Singing Class

Explore various Navajo singing styles and songs sung for different purposes, including social songs, children’s songs and winter songs. Join us from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM every Thursday from October 21, 2021 – December 9, 2021.

Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is a community event that provides culturally specific substance abuse prevention information eliciting community healing through topics of historical and cultural trauma experienced over generations. Enjoyment for the entire family includes age appropriate programming along with breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Join us for the next community GONA.

Dates: November 29 – December 2, 2021

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (same time each day)

Click here to register.

American Indian Cultural Awareness Workshops and Training

We offer American Indian cultural competency training and workshops for departments, agencies, businesses, and schools. Trainings and workshops are designed to help non-American Indian child welfare workers, foster families, business and agency staff members learn and find resources on issues relevant to working with American Indian and Alaska Native adults, children and families. Participants benefit by learning about American Indian history, relevant Federal laws, and cultural considerations. We offer 1 hour, 2 hour or 3-hour presentations based on requestors’ need. You may call the Phoenix Indian Center, (602) 264-6768, to learn more and to schedule your cultural competency workshop.

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