Background Information

The 26,000- member Navajo community extends over parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. The Chinle School District, in AZ, is host to approximately 18,000 native speakers, in which English is a second language. The Tribal College, located in Tsaile, AZ, hosts the leading experts on Navajo language, ethno-astronomy, and ethno-geology. Dine College’s goals include advancing quality student learning through Nitsáhákees (Thinking), Nahatá (Planning), Iiná (Living) and Siih Hasin (Assuring). The Chinle Unified School District’s goals include: using the positive relationship between Navajo culture and the western society to develop each student’s ability to function competently in a multicultural society; provide opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and communicate ideas through reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The U.S. Rosetta Project is proud to partner with Navajo students and teachers, to present science, technology, engineering, and mathematical material, acquired by the mission, as a vehicle for discussion in Navajo. The U.S. Rosetta Project acknowledges that ways of knowing, and patterns of understanding are diverse, as discussed at the 2005 One Earth-One Universe Workshop sponsored by the NASA Space Science Education and Public Outreach office, and the Project would like to promote an atmosphere of multi-culturalism, and cross-cultural appreciation.

Our Navajo section starts with a presentation of ‘Father Sky’ – a re-visualization of a classic Navajo painting, in which 21rst century astronomical objects are defined (as approved the the Tribal Elders). A thesaurus of geology terms approved and published in 2003 is also presented.

Navajo students will be invited to participate in our Lutetia essay contest [to be unveiled soon].

Read more about the 2005 One Earth-One Universe Workshop