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. 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.
Children’s Virtual Navajo Language Class
Children ages 3 years old to 8 years old are invited to learn Diné Bizaad! This virtual course will take place on Saturdays for 10 weeks. Only 20 spots are available so register today! Registration is required. Click here to register
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Held virtually on Zoom
Youth Virtual Navajo Language Class
Youth ages 9 years old to 15 years old are invited to learn Diné Bizaad! This virtual course will take place on Tuesdays for 10 weeks. Only 20 spots are available so register today! Registration is required. Click here to register
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Held virtually on Zoom
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 4, 2022
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School Book Talk Click here to register
Join us for an exciting Book Talk on Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School with coauthor Dr. Farina King. This is a hybrid event with a virtual or in-person option to join.
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.
Join us for the next Youth GONA.
Dates: February 21-24, 2022
Registration link coming soon!
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.