Her name is Jana and shes just released Native American Christmas, the first CD featuring renditions of traditional holiday songs in ten different native American languages, including Navajo, Arapaho and her native tongue, Lumbee.
It was an unspeakably hard task finding translations for tunes like O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy and Winter Wonderland, especially because languages like Apache and Navajo are very guttural and create a lot of spit.
In fact, she jokes, You dont want to be in the front row when I sing in them.
Although some Native American tribes dont celebrate Christmas, Jana thinks the members will appreciate the recording because it proves that these are living languages and are very contemporary.
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