[lg policy] New Mexico: Classes aim to preserve urban Indians' heritage

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 6 18:37:40 UTC 2009

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Seattle Post Intelligencer

Classes aim to preserve urban Indians' heritage

When Brittany Arviso was old enough to take part in a Navajo
coming-of-age ceremony, her family grappled with the preparations. Not
knowing where to find some of the items for the ceremony, they turned
to her grandparents for help.

Her father and grandfather went up into the mountains to get some
plants and other things for the four-day ceremony.

But there was one thing that 12-year-old Brittany didn't have and
wished she did had - knowing more of her native language so she could
better understand the ceremony.

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