Children’s book author seeks to revitalize culture

By Krista Allen
Western Agency Bureau

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz., July 24, 2014

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Children’s bilingual literature writer Seraphine G. Yazzie holds up two storybooks that took four years to complete. Inspired by her grandmother, Susan White Denipah, Yazzie is revitalizing the Navajo language one book at a time.



Elementary teacher Seraphine G. Yazzie was inspired by her grandmother in writing her first children’s book, “The Three Little Sheep."

Based on “The Three Little Pigs,” “Dibé Yázhí Táa’go Baa Hane’” is a fairy tale and a Navajo fable that has been passed on from generation to generation.

“It’s relating to our own culture,” said Yazzie.

One of the messages of the tale is not to take a trouble-free path, which is evident once the sheep are sent out from home by their mother to become more self-sufficient.

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