Clan, Clan

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When you hear the word ‘Clan’ images of Braveheart or Ireland may come to mind. However, there are many nationalities that have or have had Clans, which can be loosely defined as a group of close-knit and/or interrelated families.

ClanImage (Thanks to http://www.scotclans.com/scottish-clans/clan-ogilvie/ for the use of the photo)

Recently speaking with a friend of mine who is from Native American lineage, she told me about some of her clans, and this new app that someone took a lot of time creating. It is my understanding that this app not only alerts you to your cousins, and also helps you find who is in your clan or not.

http://clanmaker.navajowotd.com/

( or this one)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/navajo-clans/id507878457?mt=8

In her discoveries, there are also two movies translated in Navajo,

Star Wars- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR13lIRLficstarwars

and Nemo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt-8qW6tFZQnemo

http://www.nativepeoples.com/Native-Peoples/May-June-2016/Finding-Nemo-Finds-Its-Voice–in-Navajo/

and this webpage gives even more info on other things you might enjoy in addition to Nemo:

https://navajonow.com/2016/04/23/nemo-hadeestii-is-amazing/

NavajoIf you are looking for more translations in Navajo, type Navajo translations into Google and see what you get, this is what I got:

https://www.google.com/search?q=navajo+starwars&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=navajo+translation

(photo from http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/ )

What language did your ancestors speak? Have you learned a second language, one from your family history? If your family spoke a different language, what was the journey that led to your speaking American or the main language that you do speak? Click on link below to view the world languages – will open in a new window/tab.

The Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, which is one of the best linguistic resources, currently lists 6909 living languages. About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each, and collectively account for 94% of the world population.

What is available for you and your descendants to learn a new language, or to  keep the language that you speak now? You may or may not have noticed how even the American language is changing to a different way of speaking today, 2017, compared to 1950; it seems as though slang has become common place and the dictation is changing, even the ‘proper’ English learned in school since the 1970’s seems to have lost its clarity, at least in my humble opinion.

Take a listen to those who are 16-24 years of age and what do you hear?

cellphoneuse

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/teen-drivers-often-ignore-bans-on-using-cellphones-and-texting

Does this mean that it is a bad thing? I don’t think so. It seems to me that change is going on all the time, and each generation brings with them a different way of thinking and doing things and that includes communicating with each other and the world. As new technology comes into play across the world, there will be changes made in how we interact with each other. Again, in my humble opinion, but tell me, what do you think?

(for more information on the Navajo Windtalkers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po9vUB0vV74

the movie preview:

Original Windtalker:

and

The Marines’ Hymn sung in Navajo by Code Talker Joe Kellwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx0Z9gwiGlU

The map below is not complete, click on it to go to a webpage that lists all the states and who is there:

North_American_Indians_Map

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