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Navajo Children Learning English at Their Day School

Navajo Children Learning English at Their Day School Native-Americans and First Peoples  Education Visual Arts

Before World War II, Navajo children—who were educated in U.S. government-owned schools—were forbidden to speak their native language and were taught English.

Their native language was unwritten at the time, so the experience of learning a second language was unique for them.

English-speaking teachers also discouraged the children from ever speaking their own tongue. Parents, however,, ignored such suggestions.

In this image, we see Navajo children learning English in their day school.


Media Credits

Image - with ARC identifier 295158 - from the Bureau of Indiana Affairs. Online via the U.S. National Archives (NARA).

 

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