by John Aldrich
That's Merry Christmas in Navajo.
Salt Lake City is a choral kind of place. From the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on down through a variety of professional, semi-professional, highly talented amateur groups, and on to the neighborhood church choirs, there are a lot of people singing here.
Our own Joyce Trapman, administrative assistant at ANE, is one of them. Joyce belongs to the Jubilate choral group that presented their annual Christmas concert on December 10th. As part of a selection of music from around the world, the group offered both We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Little Drummer Boy in Navajo. To add authenticity, the choir was augmented by Rose Jakub, a local Navajo woman with ANE connections. Rose also offered a short solo, accompanying herself with a drum.
Here are pictures of Joyce and Rose followed by each of them performing: