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The Flag of My Country. Shikéyah Bidah Na'at'a'í Navajo New World Readers 2   By:

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[Transcriber's Note:

This book contains a few characters not included in the Latin 1 character set. Those have been marked up in the following way:

[l ] is an l with stroke. [a,] is an a with ogonek. [i,] is an i with ogonek. [á,] is an a with acute accent and ogonek. [í,] is an i with acute accent and ogonek. [ó,] is an o with acute accent and ogonek.]

NAVAJO NEW WORLD READERS · 2

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The Flag of My Country

SHIKÉYAH BIDAH NA'AT'A'Í

KING NEZ BAHE

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS ... DIVISION OF EDUCATION

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Stewart L. Udall, Secretary

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS Robert L. Bennett, Commissioner

DIVISION OF EDUCATION Charles N. Zellers, Assistant Commissioner

This story was written by CECIL S. KING Leader, Special Navajo Program

The Navajo was written by MARIAN NEZ Teacher Interpreter

The illustrations were made by HENRY BAHE Fourth year Student

all of the Carson Indian School

Single Copy Price 30 cents

Second edition 5,000 copies February 1956

INTERIOR. HASKELL PRESS. 5 58 100 3M

NAVAJO NEW WORLD READERS · 2

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The Flag of My Country

SHIKÉYAH BIDAH NA'AT'A'Í

KING NEZ BAHE

NAVAJO NEW WORLD READERS

At this writing (1951) there are approximately 26,000 children of school age on the Navajo reservation. About 40 percent of these are between the ages of 12 and 18. The great majority have never been inside a school, and do not speak English. Recently the government has provided space for more than 4,000 of these non English speaking adolescents in ten of its off reservation boarding schools. A five year intensive educational program is provided designed to teach these children to speak, read, write, and think in English; to do simple arithmetic, to know the facts of American history, world geography, civics and health; and to provide the basic skills which will enable them to obtain and hold a permanent job away from the reservation. The reservation resources will support only about half the present population.

We have learned how to teach these non English speaking Navajos to speak and read English very rapidly. However, there isn't much material for them to read. They are maturing adolescents with adolescent interests. Primers and first readers prepared for use by six year old school children don't have much interest for them. Because most non Indians learn to read when they are young, very few books are published in which the ideas are mature, but the vocabularies simple enough for beginning readers. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, therefore, has undertaken the preparation and printing of booklets written by the leaders who are working directly with these children. Because the children are entering a new culture, and their success will depend upon the degree to which they make the basic ideas of this culture their own, these new books will rely on the material of this new culture for their content. They will present to these young people a new and different world from that through which they have grown during their early years on the reservation.

Willard W. Beatty Chief, Branch of Education

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I am a Navajo boy.

Naabeehó 'ashkii nish[l ][í,].

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