“Star Wars” in Navajo screening

Video description from Indian Country Today reads:

Published on Jul 8, 2013

The movie “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” may be more than 35 years old, but it got a new life July 3 with the premiere of the movie in the Navajo language. In a partnership between Lucasfilms and the Navajo people, the movie released in 1977 was dubbed into Dine to help preserve the language. The effort took three years as translators sometimes searched for ways to marry intergalactic “Star Wars” speak to a communication form grounded in ancient and often earthly traditions. Manuelito Wheeler, the director of the Navajo Nation Museum, said he got the idea as a way to get current and future generations interested in the Navajo language. It seems to have worked. About 200 people packed a Window Rock, Ariz., rodeo stadium the night of July 3 to see the dubbed version’s premiere, part of the community’s July 4 celebrations. The actors and actresses who helped dub the movie attended, as well as several people dressed as the movie’s characters. The audience erupted into loud screams and cheers when the characters began speaking in Dine, and many said they loved seeing the language they grew up with on the big screen.

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