The original Star Wars film to be dubbed in the Navajo language of Dine
April 28, 2013 7:53 PM Subscribe
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The various Star Wars movies have been translated into at least 39 languages
(as also seen here in a set of 16 international logos for Attack of the Clones
), but the Navajo Nation is set to be the first Native American tribe to officially dub the original Star Wars film
This isn't the time a well-known film has been dubbed in the language of a Native American tribe, as Bambi was dubbed in the Arapaho language
, and 22 episodes of the Berenstain Bears cartoon was dubbed in the Lakota language
. The episodes were chosen because each episode teaches children a life lesson that is compatible with Sioux culture
. This appears to be the first major motion picture for a more adult audience that will be screened in a Native American language, once some two dozen speaking rolls can be filled by people fluent in Diné
Chewbacca and R2D2 will keep the language they speak in the Navajo version, and technical effects will be applied to Darth Vader and C-3PO so they sound like the originals, said Shana Priesz, senior director of localization for Deluxe, the studio overseeing the dubbing.
The translation of the script happened over two and a half days
“Having the voice match isn’t as much as I want someone who can deliver the lines,” she said.
, after the Navajo Nation received the blessing of LucasFilms, Ltd.
If you're interested in learning Navajo, there are various resources online. NavajoPeople.org has a basic introduction to pronunciation and some vocabulary
, and Native-Languages.org includes and links to more resources
. YouTube user daybreakwarrior has educational videos
, and as you might expect, there's an app to help