The Farmington, New Mexico Daily Times reports that Star Wars (or Episode IV, if you're under 30) is to be translated into Dine, the Navaho language, in an effort to encourage the language's survival:
It will be the first major motion picture to be translated and then voiced-over in the language.
"It is one of the best movies of all time," said Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum.
The Navajo Nation Museum and the Parks and Recreation Department recently teamed up with Lucasfilm, which gave the tribe permission to dub the film. Lucasfilm produced the original movie in 1977, as well as the series that followed.
The effort aims to encourage the Navajo people to learn the language or continue speaking it.
"Youth around the world have been inspired by the theme of Star Wars that every individual has the power within them to become a hero," said spokeswoman for Lucasfilm Lynne Hale in a phone interview Tuesday. "We are thrilled that the youth of the Navajo Nation will now see the film in their native tongue."
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