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Dah Naat’a’í Beehodilzin


US Flag

United States Of America bidah naat’a’í

The Pledge of Allegiance, remember saying those words as a child in school? Before people became out raged about the word God being used in the classrooms?

I Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And the to the republic for which it stands. One Nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

This how we say it in Navajo. There are many ways to say it, but this is one way that I learned.

United States of America (Kéyah Ashdladiingo nihi hahoodzooígíí) bidah naat’a’í t’áá’íiyisíí shiłnílį́įgo báá bich’įį’ádííshní. Háálá ’ajooba’ hasin yee hadít’é. Kéya t’ááłá’í si’ánígíí Diyin God yee ádeihodílzin. Binahjį’ niik’e ajooba’ bidziilii bee da’ahííníítą’.

I learned both ways, saying United States of America or Kéyah Ashdladiingo nihi hahoodzooígíí. I find it’s much easier to say it as United States of America, it flows easier.

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