California 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 36

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/08/1978

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bell Gardens, California, in Los Angeles County

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Diné (Navajo)

OCCUPATION: receptionist

EDUCATION: some college

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject has lived in Los Angeles County her entire life.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She visits the Diné Reservation in New Mexico regularly.

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RECORDED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/04/2015

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I am from the Diné Tribe — Navajo. My mom and dad are both, um, Navajo. So, they met at Riverside, um, Sherman Indian School, a boarding school. But my mom’s from Manuelito (I think, New Mexico? or Arizona?) and my dad’s from, um, from Tsayatoh in New Mexico. I’ve, um, I’ve probably gone there [the Navajo Reservation] like, maybe less than 10 times in my … in my lifetime. I’m 36 right, so … I, when I was younger, I never really liked going out there because it was always hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, second-by-second for me, which took forever. So I was like, I don’t wanna be here, there’s no TV, there’s no electricity, there’s no running water, you know? What am I gonna do out here, you know? You know, I didn’t like it. You know, all I wanted to do the first couple of hours was, like, “I wanna go home. I wanna go home.” But now that I’ve gone there recently … I think I’ve done … since 2010 we’ve been back there every year, so now that I’m older I just embrace everything. Like everything, it’s just like I don’t wanna come back [laughs], you know. It smells different; it’s a lot cleaner. I love when it rains, and you can smell the dirt and everything from miles away. Quiet. You could hear the animals, you know … the sheep, goats, horses, cows. You could smell, like, the plants, you know. Before, I never used to be like “Oh my gosh, I’m gonna get my shoes dirty,” but now, it’s like I don’t care [laughs], you know, so … I like going out there now, it’s like, I don’t wanna leave.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/04/2015

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

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