Monday, December 19, 2011

Ya'at'eeh Keshmish

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:

We hope you have a joyous holiday season and a New Year of peace and service to the Elders.

1 comment:

  1. It makes me smile to see dear Joyce in these pictures! I've heard her sing and it is a beautiful sound. Wish I could have heard her in Navajo and also hear Rose sing and her drumming.