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Navajo-France Association » Diplomatic programs

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Diplomatic programs

Code Talker Day // August 14th 2007 at Window Rock

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On August 14th, Lorenza and Varavouth, one of the French student from the ANF cultural exchange program 2007 went to Window Rock in order to promote the association.
It was a good chance to have a large audience because it was a historical date for the Navajo people. During the World War 2, Navajo soldiers greatly contributed to Allies’ victories such as Iwo Jima or Okinawa. Thanks to the military code which stems from their original language, those Code Talkers saved so many American soldiers’ lives. Even Japanese military couldn’t decrypt those messages, though they were well known for their code breaking skills. But back then, that exploit couldn’t be officially acknowledged because the US government feared the day they had to call for that skill once again.
Navajos are very proud of their Code Talkers and once a year, a national day is held in the Navajo nation’s capital so as to thank those brave soldiers. On that day, Veterans hold a speech, and other people express their gratefulness with gifts or personal skills like the music.
They took the opportunity to promote the ANF and ask the Navajo government to help us on designing the Navajo and English version of the ANF website. Lorenza also sang in Navajo and French with her guitar. And their performance were good ! People clapped on their hands and really appreciated, a few of them even ask for details on the ANF.

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THE BLENDING OF CULTURES

Lorenza Garcia

The Museum of the Quai Branly organizes, on the occasion of the World cup of Rugby, a cultural and scientific event: “The Blending of Cultures”.
Around this event, a cultural program to discover the nations participating at the tournament that will take place from September 1st,2007 to October 20th, 2007.

A picnic of the 20 nations, with activities coming along, will take place on September 9th, 2007 in the gardens and the hall of the Museum of the Quai Branly.

The objective will be to introduce to a large audience 20 nations’ traditions and specialities.

On September 9th, 2007, in order to stand for the Nation of the Navajo Native Americans, one of the most famous medicine men, some artists and myself will be present at the Museum of the Quai Branly to participate and to realise a Sand Painting.

I am very happy to be able to invite you there.

Lorenza Garcia
Navajo France Association Founder
Cell.: 06 77 98 86 54
Email: lorenza@navajo-france.com
Please confirm your participation.

INTERCULTURAL MEETING // From July 27th to July 29, 2008

INTERCULTURAL MEETING

“HOZHO”
Or, the place of mankind in the Navajo Universe.

This meeting with Navajo art, culture and government representatives, filled out by a series of conferences and debates, one exposition and creations of sand painting, is a new approach of a people’s belief which places the Beauty in the heart of its philosophy.

In addition to their presence in France in June 1944 on the disembarking beaches of Utah and Omaha Beach, the Navajo language was also used by the American Secret service, “The Navajo Code Talkers”, during the War of the Pacific.

This event’s objective is to make the Navajo Native Americans, who carry a knowledge of universal ideas, better known and appreciated by the French public. Another purpose is to make the cantonal Religious Organizations and local Youth as well take part in this kind of event throughout the year.

The balance sought by the Navajo people between tradition and modernity, as well as the environmental and economic stakes of its evolution will be particularly approached.

The whole meeting will take place in the presence of 10 to 15 representatives of the Nation and Navajo Government, such as:
the Deputy Chief of the Navajo Government, the environmental protection Director, the Medicine Men, the scenario writers,movie directors, craftsmen, dancers and singers.

The reception point of this event will be situated in the municipal buildings of the town of Morainville Jouveaux located in Normandy.

FESTIVAL OF THE WANDERING // from July 21 to July 23, 2006

The Festival of the Wander

The Festival of the Wander( Festival de l’Errance ), on the topic of the Native Americans from North America, will take place from July 21th, 2006 to July 23th, 2006 at the Château d’Anctoville, near Caen.

Lorenza Garcia, ambassador of the Navajo Nation in France will be here , with a 4-Navajo delegation.

More information available here: http://centrespirales.monsite.wanadoo.fr/

NAVAJO PARTY IN PARIS // December 15, 2005
NAVAJO PARTY IN PARIS

As part of its actions, the Navajo France association organizes one evening in the honor of Navajos,
On Thursday December 15th, 2005 starting from 8:30pm, on the houseboat “Marcounet”.
Schedule of the evening:
- 8:30pm: Projection of a film realised in Navajo land, by Jean-Louis Nizon.
- 9:00pm: Speech of the ANF.
- 9:30pm: Performance of the band “Lorenza”.
- 10:30pm: Music with DJ Manu and dances.
- And throughout the evening, realisation of a sand painting, exposition of photographs from Franck T.PINERO and tattooing workgroup with Miss Vivier.

Houseboat “Marcounet”, wharf of Montebello, in front of Notre-Dame (subway St Michel).
Cover: 8€.

MEETING WITH UNESCO // Spring 2005

Last spring, Lorenza, President of the ANF, organized a meeting with the President of the Navajo Government, Joe Shirley Jr., and Mr Rao, Deputy Director of the World Heritage Center of UNESCO.

We thank UNESCO for taking into account the different matters the Navajo Nation is currently facing, which are:

- The San Fransciso Peaks (holy site)

- The Uranium

- The Dineh language

For this purpose, the Navajo-France Association supports the possibility of the San Fransisco Peak’s registration as an Universal and Protected Heritage through UNESCO.

SAND PAINTING, MANKIND’S PLACE IN THE NAVAJO UNIVERSE // April 2005

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Following the last trip carried out with the three students of Hétic in August 2004 and with the wish to keep making a world-scale public familiar with the Navajo First People’s culture, the Navajo France Association, represented by its President, Lorenza Garcia, suggests to the Navajo Nation, represented by its President Joe Shirley Jr, a cultural project called “SAND PAINTING, Mankind’s place in the Navajo universe”.
This event is scheduled for April 2005. Supported and in partnership with “the Institute of the Deserts and the Steppes”, represented by its President Pierre-Henri Giscard, this project will take place in the city of Dubai (United Arab Emirates), in the Festival of Cultures and Civilizations of People of the Deserts.

The Navajo Nation can talk about environment problems actually on Navajoland.
The Navajo medicine is a mode of functioning which allows patients or, members of the Nation Navajo to take out it of a context of “confusion” to that where the consciousness, the harmony reigns, “Hozho”.

Will be represented 10 persons from the Navajo delegation :
The choice must be represented by decision which will be taken within the Navajo Nation. On that way, it will create no present type of tension and future within the Nation. Concerning message wish, every person must be effective on the ground.
A big common discussion can be organise between members of the Navajo Nation explain you have the occasion to work on messages mattering for you that you want to make pass. You can decide on contents to be shown and this through those various cultural representations :

the paintings of sand
the songs concrete rites
the dances concrete rites
crafts (jewels, carpet, basket, blanket…)

It seems important to announce the demonstration by the interventions of members of the Navajo Nation in Algeria as a respect for a culture which places the Beauty in the heart of its philosophy and know how to talk about environment.

PREPARATION TRIP // from April 8, 2004 to April 17, 2004

Preparation Trip

In order to get ready for the arrival of Navajo people in Paris in June 2005, Lorenza Garcia travelled to the Navajo reservation from April 8, 2004 to April 17, 2004. She met Sam Begay, medicine man, and his wife who were preparing to come in France like several other people from different generations. They are ready to come and testify, and share their culture at our celebration.
Moreover, Lorenza Garcia was able to meet the Navajo President Joe Shirley’s assistant who was also interested in taking part in this project. She made spare time so as to come and meet us in July 2004 in order to prepare this event.