Academics Hane' Yazhi

Center for Diné Teacher Education

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These multimedia books are designed, written, edited, and produced in collaboration with many people including students and staff of the Center for Diné Teacher Education and the Center for Diné Studies.

The books are grouped by proficiency level with the simplest books indicated with the lowest number. These numbers indicate the Navajo language proficiency level of the reader/listener that we expect these books to be appropriate for.

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A number of people have been involved in developing the Navajo children’s literature A complete list (over one hundred people) is available here. From the first, we had very strong administrative support from Bernice Casaus, first as the Director of the Navajo Language Program and then as Dean of the Diné College Shiprock campus. We also had a great deal of support from the administrators of the Center for Diné Teacher Education - Benjamin Barney, Dan McLaughlin, Thomas Benally, and Janel Hinrichsen. CDTE faculty, especially Lydia Begay, Amelia Black, and Afton Sells, have always championed the project. We also benefited from the expertise and proximity of the Center for Diné Studies at Shiprock, and its faculty - Andrew Becenti, Martha Austin-Garrison, and Tony Goldtooth. It is also important to note that the original participation in the project depended on work done by Al Kuslikis, Tommy Lewis, and Ferlin Clark. William Walters and others who create and maintain Diné College’s computer systems have often helped. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the large number of educators throughout the Navajo Education Technology Consortium who have supported us in dozens of ways (beyond the financial) in this project. There are too many of them to mention here without leaving out some important supporter who has helped us at one time or another. Of course, the major credit goes to the writers and artists, and to their families and elders for bringing them the treasure of the Navajo language. The project director for the project, at Diné College, has been Clay Slate. The great bulk of the technical work, and much more was done by Tulley Nakai and Vale Adakai.