Q: I spell my clan differently than what you have on your products.
ANSWER: It is well known that there are different schools of spelling for clan names. There is no uniformity among the spellings. For example, the common Navajo greeting “hello” is spelled differently by Northern Arizona University professor and language book author Dr. Evangaline Parsons-Yazzie than by others. Dr. Parsons-Yazzie is author of the text book: “Diné Bizaad Binahoo’aah: Rediscovering the Navajo Language.
- Ya’ át’ ééh is used by Winslow Indian Health Care, Inc. for their newsletter and is used elsewhere.
- Yá’át’ééh as spelled by Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Q: The story for my clan is different than your story.
ANSWER: The history of man’s emergence as told in the Bible is no different. In early times, there were varying biblical accounts from different nomadic groups until one story rose above all others after Johannes Gutenberg created the first mass printing machine. His best seller was one version of the biblical story. So, clan stories will always be debatable and criticized, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from waiting for the debate to cease – you might wait forever. It’s best that people know a story then not to know a story and let it fade into the past.
Q: What is your goal. Why are you trying to promote Navajo clans?
ANSWER: Most people, especially young people, don’t know their clans when they are asked. Through our products and promotion it helps them to learn their clan and value their Navajo heritage. Language preservation experts say that there are several activities a tribe must do to preserve their language. One of those activities is promoting the language and culture.
Q: Where can we lean more?
ANSWER: You can visit this website as often as you can and participate in discussion or visit several sites listed on our Clanship page.
Q: Why don’t you offer more clans?
ANSWER: Some clans are so rare that it is not economically feasible to produce them, but we will try and develop if we are contacted. Secondly, it also takes considerable research to get the stories as accurate as possible – or provide both stories — and then write the story in the space available.
Q: Do you provide special discounts for schools?
ANSWER: Yes we do. Our purpose is educational. If you are a school we can offer a bulk discount on some items – depending on availability. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How do we submit news items or events?
ANSWER: Send news items or cultural events to email@example.com