Guest speaker to explore Diné learning philosophy

How does the ceremonial basket represent the Navajo philosophy on Learning and Growing? Sylvia A. Jackson, principal education specialist for Diné Culture, Language and Community Services, will answer that question tonight, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m. in Northland Pioneer College's Winslow - Little Colorado Campus Learning Center, room 101, during Dr. Michael Lawson's Navajo History course. The campus is located at 1400 E. Third Street.

The public is invited to join NPC students in learning more about Navajo history and culture through a series of guest speakers who share topics ranging from traditional foods, ceremonies, storytelling and current events. Students and the public have the opportunity to ask questions following each presentation.

Jackson is a frequent presenter of workshops and training to increase awareness of traditional Diné culture, history, language and educational philosophy. Her presentation will focus on traditional values and practices as a Navajo way of life.

"The Navajo History course examines Diné history, including prehistoric migrations and acculturation in the Southwest," explained Lawson. "The guest speakers are respected authorities with a passion to share their knowledge to ensure younger generations know the significance of their heritage."

The speaker series has included presentations on the Blessing Way Ceremony, cooking of traditional foods, and storytelling as a means of preserving history. For details, contact Dr. Michael Lawson, 928-289-6527, or toll-free (800) 266-7845, ext. 6527.

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