Native Language & Culture Program

What's New?


In December, Salt River Elementary students and staff sang Christmas songs in O’odham and took home a vido:g kampan to use while singing at home.  Students in upper elementary grades created beautiful snowflakes to decorate their home and learned the phrase cem tacu hek ge:v (I want it to snow)! 
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FACE - 2nd Grade Storytelling Vocabulary

3rd-6th Grade Storytelling Vocabulary

Click the blue links to hear the words pronounced in O'odham!

Haicu a’aga (something told)

Why Ban’s Coat is the Color of Sand

How Koi got his Fangs

Ban Scattered the Saguaro Seeds

Click the blue links to hear the words pronounced in O'odham! 

Creation Stories (Ho’ko a’aga) 

Ban’s to Above the Land 

Skomagi Hapot (Gray Arrow)

Kaikau Clan Punished Ban


SRES Language Culture Team

Ms. Lewis

Ms. Garcia

Ms. Rave

Ms. Gonzales

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NARD Parade
SRES Chorus participated in the Native Connections NARD Parade on October 8.

Ms. Decker, the SRES Culture Team and Ms. Patsy worked with the students to learn the Quail Song and Dance.

All SRES students helped to decorate the banner during art with Ms. O’Neill.

SRES took home first place in their division!


SRES Garden: What’s growing?

Families ask students “What’s growing in the SRES garden?”

Students have been learning words for the plants that are growing.

Can you identify some of these plants?

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Parent Night

The first Parent Night was a success! Families were able to see what students are learning about in O’odham culture and language class. Thank you for the continued support!

SRES Native American Recognition Days (NARD) and Fun Run were held in November.

Check out these awesome images from the celebrations!

 The week began with the SRHS JROTC posting the colors and the SRHS Chorus sang “The National Anthem” in O’odham.

O’odham/Piipaash Language and Culture Standards

 Read more here

parent night


 morning assembly 


Bird Singers and Dancers by the River sang and danced for the students.

 bird singers 

Students and staff then shared their Native pride by participating in a traditional regalia parade.

 students marching 

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Students had the opportunity to learn about different Native cultures throughout the week from staff and special guest speakers.

 guest speaker 

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On Wednesday, November 16, students, staff and Community members participated in the noncompetitive NARD Fun Run. The theme for the run was “Si has elid ves humackam” (I respect all people.)

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Mr. Pacer Reina was on hand to sing traditional Piipaash songs, as well as, the Going Home song, as students danced.

 mand speaking in microphone 

SRES culture and language staff would like to thank all those who were able to participate in putting on another fun-filled NARD week for the students!




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