Healing with Heartbeat: Music Education in the Navajo Nation
Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage
November 26, 2018
It is right before the final student concert at Navajo Technical University, and Keeva taps me on my arm. She is eight years old.Read More
“Miss Ariel!” she whispers. She points to the violin case in her hand, and I know she wants to squeeze in just one more round of practice before she performs. I glance around.
As the director of The Heartbeat Project, I’m responsible for seven teaching artists and fifty-five campers, aged five to twenty-two, here in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Everyone in the hogan (traditional Navajo home) is busy setting up instruments, greeting parents and grandparents and sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles who have come to celebrate the accomplishments of the students on this warm summer afternoon. It is a happy pandemonium...