By Shondiin Silversmith
"It has a lot of humor in it," said 2012-2013 Miss Navajo Nation Leandra Thomas adding that she caught herself smiling throughout the whole movie. "I've never seen any of the Star Wars movies and it made a lot of sense seeing it once (and) in the Navajo language."
The first character the audience is introduced to in the film is C-3P0 and R2-D2 as they walk through their spacecraft while it's being attacked. As the first line in Navajo is spoken by C-3P0 the audience erupts in cheers.
"I was very very impressed how all the recordings came together," said Geri Hongeva-Camarillo, who played C-3P0.
As the movie moved forward the crowd reaction remained high as the audience laughed and cheered as each character was introduced with a Navajo voice.
"The tone in Navajo definitely makes a big difference compared to when you listen to something in English," said Donovan Hanley from White Cone, Ariz., who attended the premiere with his mother Ann Maree Hanley. "It was very cool and good representation."
Below: "Actors James Junes, left, and James Bilagody speak outside the El Morro Theater Sunday evening during the premiere of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope that was dubbed into the Navajo language." (Donovan Quintero)