Voice auditions held for Star Wars Navajo dub

Posted at: 05/03/2013 10:24 PM
Updated at: 05/04/2013 1:01 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When the first Star Wars movie debuted, it blew a lot of people's minds. Now, that's probably going to happen again as people will soon be able to hear the entire movie in Navajo.

Star Wars fans flocked to the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona hoping their voices might be heard in the first of the movie series.

"When I heard they were going to translate it into Navajo, I thought this was my chance to be a part of something very iconic,” said Teroy Teler.

Friday was the first day of auditions for the Navajo translation of Star Wars.

The museum was looking for an innovative way to reach Navajos, and preserve their language.

Museum Director Manuelito Wheeler said he spent three years to make this day happen.

"I felt that we needed a innovative way to reach a lot of people, particularly young people, so that they could be engaged to learned the Navajo language," he said.

The audition process is simple; after getting a chance to look at a script hopefuls met with a prescreening group to have a conversation completely in Navajo, before heading to recording. Applicants listen to the script first in English then translate what they hear into Navajo.

Teller auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker. He also dressed up like his idol.

"Any kid wants to be Luke Skywalker," he said. "I always wanted to be a Jedi, Luke Skywalker is a very iconic figure when I was little I would always pretend to be Luke Skywalker,"

Auditions continue Saturday at the Navajo Nation Museum. The translated version will premier at the July 4 fair in Window Rock.