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.
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
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. Event information is posted to the website and distributed electronically. Be sure check our events calendar for upcoming activities.
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.
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.