For Hopi teenagers, and for other people growing up in native cultures, not being able to speak your language is a painful sign and clear reminder of the history of your familyâ€™s oppression. In this piece from Youth Radio, students from Hopi Junior Senior High School and their parents in Keams Canyon, Arizona wonder how they might preserve this part of their culture.
Sunset over the Hopi reservation in Keams Canyon, Arizona | Photo credit: Brett Myers
Rebecca Martin, a Youth Radio producer has this to add:
The story was produced with Hopi High School's radio class. While it was a collaborative production, Austin Coochyamptewa was the lead youth reporter.
Also appearing (in order) are: Alrye Polequaptewa, Leandra Calnimptewa, Paul Quamahongnewa, Annalese Nasafotie, Paul Quamahongnewa, Eloise Coochyamptewa, Leon Koruh, Rochelle Lomayaktewa, and DeAnn Honanie.
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Intro music: "Leyendecker" by Battles on the album Mirrored.
Outro music: "Oh No" by Andrew Bird on the album Noble Beast. Fun fact: Bird said that the intonation on the refrain was created by a crying, frightened child sitting behind him on a plane.