KXWR 92.1 FM NEW SERIES ON NAVAJO CULTURAL ARTS
TSAILE, ARIZ.—The Navajo Cultural Arts Program is proud to announce a new radio series project that began in October of 2016. The two-part series will air every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 o’clock pm for the month of November 2016, featuring three Navajo artisans.
“We are extremely excited about this radio series,” said the Diné College Navajo Cultural Arts Program (NCAP) Grant Manager, Christine Ami.
The radio series is a selection of conversations recorded at Diné College’s radio station KXWR 92.1 FM, with the three Navajo artisans: Theresa Hatathlie, master weaver, Harry Walters, master moccasin maker, and Tony and Anthony Goldtooth, master silversmiths.
Each artisan shares their own examination of their life as an artist while intertwining their cultural knowledge about their individual craft.
“The artisans are able to share their cultural arts knowledge with a broader audience while continuing to foster traditional practices of storytelling,” continued Ami. They all share the historical knowledge handed down from generation to generation.
Ami said the radio series highlights the master artisans as they talk about their aspects of the craft. This project covers the Navajo Culture Arts Program’s mission statement, which preserves and focuses on retention of Navajo arts and crafts in society.
As the grant’s manager, Ami said the NCAP mission is to enhance and revitalize the traditional Navajo cultural arts practices while providing opportunities for Navajo artisans to share their unique skills within a multigenerational setting.
The NCAP also administers the NCAP Certificate Program. Students can earn a NCAP certificate by taking 24-credit hours at Diné College and have the option of majoring in moccasin making, silversmithing, or weaving.
The radio interviews will be featured on the NCAP’s website at www.navajoculturalartsprogram.org. More information about the NCAP can be obtained from Crystal Littleben, Project Coordinator, NCAP, at (928) 724-6879.
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