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Reading Material

Here is some text online that anyone can read or use to study.  The Books with Previews section are selections I found on Google that have scanned previews of the book. The whole book isn’t available online, but I would strongly encourage that you purchase the book if you are using it extensively.  Enjoy.

WEBSITES

UNM Digital Library
About 60 different Navajo Language Readers available for download.

Dine College Multimedia Library
Audio, text, pictures, and glossaries available throughout 7 different reading levels.

Navajo Wikiibíídiiya
I found out there is a Navajo Wikipedia page!! And there is tons of content. Well, it looks like a lot. Go check it out.

Talk in Navajo
Website with Navajo phrases

Countryboy79’s Navajo Site
Navajo translations of English text, some with audio

eBOOKS–Available online

The Navaho Language
The elements of Navaho grammar with a dictionary in two parts containing basic vocabularies of Navaho and English.

Dine Bizad – Navajo, his language: a handbook for beginners in the study of the Navaho language(1910)
Conjugated verbs, with index.

Navajo Grammar by Gladys A.Reichard
Archive.org

Learning Navaho, by Berard HaileVol1 & 2
Google-digitized.

A Vocabulary of Colloquial Navaho by Robert W. Young
Google-digitized.

A Stem Vocabulary of the Navaho Language
Google-digitized

A Vocabulary of the Navaho Language
Volumes 1-2, by Franciscans, St. Micheals, Arizona

Talking Navajo Before You Know It
Navajo Phrase book

Navajo Rosaries Prayers
Text in Navajo available to read

Reading in Navajo booklet
Quick guide to read in Navajo

Navajo Linguistics Archive Project–Ken Hale Archive
Collection of materials that Professor Ken Hale bequeathed to the Navajo Language Academy, Inc.  Includes the following and more…

-Situational Navajo [part a] [part b] [part c] [part d]
-Interactional Navajo [part a] [part b] [part c]
-Meta-Navajo [download]
-Instructional Navajo-Math [download]

Navajo Linguistics by Ken Hale (MIT Unpublished manuscript)
-Part I [part a] [part b]
-Part II [part a] [part b]
-Part III [download]
-Part IV [download]

Little Herder in Winter
Bilingual children’s book, PDF file. ~100 pages.

Our Community, Today and Yesterday
A bilingual social studies textbook book.

An Ethnological Dictionary of the Navaho Language (1910)
Dictionary developed by Franciscan Fathers in St. Micheals, Arizona.
Another scanned copy available here.

A key to the Navaho orthography employed by the Franciscan fathers. The numerals “two” and “three” in certain Indian languages of the Southwest (1911)
A follow-up resource to the Ethnological Dictionary

God Bizaad
Selections from the Old and New Testament

Mozes bi naltsos alsedihigi Godesziz holyehigi inda yistainilli ba Hani Mark naltsos ye yiki-iscinigi (1910)
Parts of Genesis and Mark of the Bible

Navaho myths, prayers and songs (1907)
Navajo and English translation of some myths, prayers and songs.

The Flag of My Country. Shikéyah Bidah Na’at’a’í by Cecil S. King
Short bilingual story.

eBOOKS WTH PREVIEWS

The Navajo verb: a grammar for students and scholars By Leonard M. Faltz
Highly recommended. Author starts small and builds up to the complexities of Navajo verbs.

The Navajo verb system: an overview By Robert W. Young

Navajo/English dictionary of verbs By Alyse Neundorf

A Navajo/English bilingual dictionary: áłchíní bi naaltsoostsoh By Alyse Neundorf

Athabaskan language studies: essays in honor of Robert W. Young By Eloise Jelinek

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2011 1:02 am

    A bilingual children’s book, Little Herder in Winter (a giant PDF).

  2. Jean Davis permalink
    July 26, 2011 9:39 am

    Sounds interesting. A good way to learn to read and write for those of us who already know how to speak it fluently.

  3. Kana permalink
    October 19, 2011 6:55 pm

    Thank u so much 4 providing these, now I can learn at work, and I realized there r some phrases that will b very useful n the tb area on the Navajo phrases book! :) yay! Ur awesome =D

  4. November 17, 2013 9:39 am

    I thank you,Thank you Google, I’ll send you material on ethnic groups,ethnic cultures,ethnic communities living in Pakistan n certainly add n help Google for sharing it..I’m teaching this subject therefore, I wanted to have some new material on it.I love to Know Navajo language.thanks..

  5. March 8, 2014 5:04 pm

    Native child has just republished: Navajo Historical Selections: Selected, edited and translated from the Navajo by Young and Morgan (originally published in 1954) The selected articles were published in Navajo in a monthly newspaper: Ádahooníłígíí. I came across your planned project, transcribing all articles of this original newspaper. Any progress? Would be interesting to see more articles. Here’s the amazon page for the republished book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Navajo-Historical-Selections-Selected-translated/dp/1496140435/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394321901&sr=8-1&keywords=native+child+dinetah

    • March 8, 2014 11:54 pm

      Wow. Thank you for letting me know about this. I ordered it immediately. I am still working on the project, I’ve had so many other things to take care of recently. Email me if you would like to know more krystle@navajonow.com

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