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. For questions about workshops call 602-264-6768

Seeking Navajo Language Instructors & Coaches

Our Language & Culture Program is seeking Navajo Language Instructors and Instructional Coaches to contract with for upcoming Navajo Language Classes. Come teach our urban Diné community!

  • Navajo Language Instructor(s): Will be responsible for teaching Navajo language classes and coordinating with the Language and Culture team in planning and implementation. They will assist in participant recruiting and registration, interface and support students and family in all areas of project. Other duties include tracking and submitting attendance, data collection and facilitation for reporting.
  • Instructional Coaches: Will assist the teacher in all facets of daily classroom management and maintain a proper environment for learning in-person at the site. They will assist in setting up materials and equipment including computers and other electronic devices for student use including assisting the teacher in maintaining student progress, attendance records, and any reporting needed for project.

To apply: Send a resume and letter of interest to Carol Oritz:  cortiz@phxindcenter.org

For questions: Call 602-264-6768 or contact Elicia Goodsolider: egoodsoldier@phxindcenter.org

Language & Culture Services

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.

This FREE workshop is open to all community members 15 years & older. We will explore the four cultural components of embracing community & healing: belonging, mastery, interdependence & generosity.

Dates: Jan. 13th, 2024 

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center 300 E Indian School Rd. , Phoenix, Arizona 85012

Seasonal Storytelling

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. We are planning future storytelling events. Check this page often for updated information about upcoming sessions.

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 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


We are working diligently to schedule and plan for future classes. Check this page often for information about upcoming classes.

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

Késhjéé’: Navajo Shoegame

The return of Késhjéé’ is happening January 05 – 06, 2024! Join us for this two-night, outdoor Diné storytelling event that teaches us, through song, how the cycle of day and night came to be. We hope you can join us for these special evenings of culture, singing and tradition! For information contact Elicia Goodsoldier at egoodsoldier@phxindcenter.org or call 602-264-6768 for questions.

Date: January 05 & 06, 2023
Time: 6 PM – 11 PM each night
Location: Phoenix Indian Center, 4520 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012

Winter Round Dance

We are excited to announce the return of our Winter Round Dance on Saturday, Dec. 16th! Join us for this free community event at South Mountain Community College Gymnasium. We will host the evening event from 5 PM – 10 PM. Join us for singing, dancing, food and celebration! For more information call 602-264-6768. 

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 or email info@phxindcenter.org, to learn more and to schedule your cultural competency workshop.

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