Star Wars has been translated and dubbed into dozens of languages, but recently it became available in one you don’t normally see on a DVD menu: Navajo.
Following a push by the Navajo Nation Museum, and with the stamp of approval from Lucasfilm, the film can now be screened with a complete and (relatively) accurate dub, performed by Navajo speakers. Translation work only took around 36 hours, according to Topless Robot, who were at the screening’s Q&A.
Seems the hardest part to translate was the Rebel pilot briefing on Yavin, which let’s be honest, doesn’t make much sense in English in the first place unless you already know what’s going on.
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