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Center for Participatory Research

MSC09 5060
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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Medical Arts Building II
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Phone: (505) 925-0715
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Ramah Navajo article on Family Listening in The Pine Hill Paper

April 27, 2015

Family Listening Project
The “Family Listening Project” was started in 2002-2003 in conjunction with University of New Mexico. This project was developed to be a community based initiative, meaning that the community would be in charge of the entire project from determining the curriculum, to finding participants, and carrying out all aspects of the project. During the pilot project in 2002, community leaders developed the curriculum which included what they felt was important to teach the Ramah Navajo children today including history, culture, and val-ues. While UNM is funding the project, the Ramah Navajo community is the one who takes ownership of the program, which is important for ensuring that the program will last a long time. Now, in 2015, UNM has des-ignated money to run the program for 4 more years before fully turning it over to the Ramah Navajo commu-nity to run on its own.

How it works: Fourth and fifth grade students and their families are recruited to participate in the 12- week program. The recruited families meet once or twice a week together at the Parent Resource Center. All the families and facilitators have dinner together then move on to the stories and activities. The stories are about Navajo culture, values, and history. This gives a chance for elders of the family to teach others about the Na-vajo way of life. Also, this is where all the family members learn more about Navajo culture and important his-torical events that they may not have been taught in school.
After this portion of the night, the families participate in a fun activity, which could be anything from making posters of different historical events, or discussing their feelings about a historical event. One activity that a lot of families have enjoyed is called Deep Listening, where everyone pairs up and each individual has 3 minutes to speak freely to the other without any interruptions; then the roles are reversed. This activity teaches children and adults alike how to listen to each other and show how important it is to listen to the people in the family. The most important thing about these sessions is that they are completely discussion based, and the family does most of the talking and teaching with each other; the facilitator is only there to guide everyone. The pro-gram is a great way for the entire family to come together, enjoy a meal, and learn from each other!

The goal of the Family Listening Project is to increase effective communication within the family while giving families the tools to strengthen the relationships within a family by focusing on values and the vision of overall family wellness. The project encourages all family members to be present for the twice weekly sessions, in-cluding aunties, grandmothers, and any other family members.
The Family Listening Program will be recruiting upcoming 4th graders in the Fall of 2015. Be sure to be on the lookout if you want your family to participate, you don’t want to miss a great opportunity to learn and build with the ones you love. If you have any questions you can contact Benelda Cohoe-Belone at benelda.cohoe-belone@ihs.gov .