Song of the Day: Saving Dookoosliid

 

To the rhythm of a beating heart, Saving Dookoosliid melds expert guitar playing and the classical Navajo chant vocal style. He speaks of saving the “Word” (Dookoosliid). A prayer even more passionate today as the Navajo Language (Dine Bizzad) is threatened by extinction. Prevalent in all American Native tribes, the younger generation often doesn’t learn these languages, especially if enrolled in non-BIA schools.

Artist: Jay Begay
Album: The Colorful World, Songs from the Dine Heartland
Track: 10

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I hail from the sunny southwest. I wait, unkempt and unbidden.

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