Colton Shone | KOB
July 20, 2022 – 6:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There’s a new language revitalization effort happening in the metro for the Navajo language. The goal is to create the next generation of fluent speakers.
Saad K’idilye is a community program geared toward Navajo families in the Albuquerque area.
The name of the organization translates to the planting of the language seed. Its focus is on keeping Diné culture, practices and language alive and strong.
Kirena Tsosie takes part in their activities to stay connected to her upbringing.
“I struggle with being in an urban setting because me and my husband grew up on the reservation. We grew up with a lot of space, livestock and gardens,” said Tsosie.
Starting in August, the organization is launching its Diné language nest for babies and toddlers. Fluent speakers will help the families create immersive experiences. The goal is to make Navajo a first language for the next generation.
Tsosie is enrolling her 11-month-old child in the nest. Her family will be one of four in this budding program.
“Everything that you grow up with, the language, kind of just helps you build your confidence as an adult and helps you reinforce your identity,” Tsosie said.
They’ve raised a good portion to carry of money to set the launch date on Aug. 1 – but they do need about $6,000 more.
If you’d like to donate, visit saadkidilye.org for more information.