Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Native American Christmas Album Brings ‘Ho Ho Ho’ To Navajo

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Native American singer is bringing a little “Nava-ho-ho-ho” to Christmas.

Her name is Jana and she’s 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 don’t want to be in the front row when I sing in them.”

Although some Native American tribes don’t 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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