from: diné yázhí baʼáłchíní
(Little Man’s family)

dibé dóó tlʼízí daʼníłtsʼą́ą́ʼgóó nanishkaad.
tłʼoh dahólǫ́ǫ́góó bikʼíhinishtáahgo shił yáʼátʼééh.
haigo tłʼoh ʼádin łeh.
ńléí danízaadgóó tłʼoh danitsaagóó nanishtáa łeh.
tłʼoh danitsaago dibé dóó tłʼízí ʼayóogo daneeskʼah.
dibé dóó tłʼízí daneeskʼahgo nihił yáʼádaatʼééh.

I herd the sheep and the goats in many places.
I like to find places with much grass.
in winter there is not much grass.
I have to go far to find the green grass.
green grass makes the sheep and the goats fat.
we like the sheep and the goats to be fat.

The information on this page is from diné yázhí baʼáłchíní, by J. B. Enochs, illustrated by Gerald Nailor. A Publication of the Education Division -- U. S. Office of Indian Affairs. Printing Department / Phoenix Indian School / Phoenix, Arizona / September 1940.

This book includes a pre-primer, a primer, and a reader. Because it was aimed at very young students, capitalization was limited to the word “I” and personal names.

For an excellent overview of the history of Navajo printing along with information about propagating the Navajo language and alphabet in our computer age, please visit this page by Tom Gewecke: (which is also linked on this page: )

For information about Code Talkers, please visit Senator Jeff Bingaman's Navajo Code Talkers page at:

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