Vincent Schilling
Indian Country Today

Navajo language versions of the Disney films ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ are now available on the Disney+ streaming service.

In 2013, Navajo language speakers worked in collaboration with Lucasfilms to bring “Star Wars: A New Hope” to locations across the Navajo Nation. The effort took three years to complete. 

On July 3, 2013, an approximate 200 people packed into a Window Rock stadium to watch the film amidst loud cheers and applause.

Video: Jedis and Indians: 'Navajo Star Wars' Premieres to a Packed House

In 2016, Pixar films followed in the footsteps of Star Wars, and brought “Finding Nemo” into the Navajo-dubbed movie family. The film starred the young Navajo actor, Quinton Kien.

Navajo Finding Nemo (Nemo Hádéést'įį') Trailer

In 2020, Disney introduced their Disney+ streaming platform and immediately found great success. The Navajo language dubbed versions of “Finding Nemo” / “Ha’Deist’II” and “Star Wars: A New Hope” / “Sq’tah Anaa’” are now available on the streaming platform.

Disney replied to Indian Country Today and called the titles Inspirational.

“Committed to showcasing stories with inspirational and aspirational themes in a variety of languages, Disney+ is proud to make available two popular classics - "Star Wars: A New Hope" and "Finding Nemo" - dubbed in Navajo.”

How to watch

To watch the Navajo language dubbed versions of the films, simply search the movie titles “Finding Nemo” or “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Navigate to the “extras” section located at the bottom of the window and scroll left or right until you see the Navajo language versions.

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Vincent Schilling, Akwesasne Mohawk, is associate editor of Indian Country Today who enjoys creating media, technology, computers, comics, and movies. He is a film critic and writes the #NativeNerd column. Twitter @VinceSchilling. Email: vschilling@indiancountrytoday.com he is also the opinions’ editor, opinion@indincountrytoday.com.


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