Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Navajo Star Wars" Debuts

"Navajo Star Wars" (AKA Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope dubbed into Navajo language/Dine) made its official debut this past July 3rd in Window Rock, AZ. I learned of this project several months ago when they were recruiting voice actors to translate this classic sci-fi movie into the Navajo language:
"Navajo Star Wars," as it's been called, was a partnership between Lucasfilm and the Navajo people, and is part of the effort to get current and future generations interested in the Navajo language. Judging by the reactions, it seems to have worked -- the roughly 200 people who filled a rodeo stadium that night erupted in cheers and screams when they heard familiar characters like C-3PO and Darth Vader delivering classic dialogue in their beloved Dine' language.
It sounds like the dubbed movie was well received by its audience. You can learn more about it by watching this clip:

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