EventsTalking Code with a Secret Weapon: Navajo Code Talkers Speak

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Talking Code with a Secret Weapon: Navajo Code Talkers Speak

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Richard Elías-Mission Library

Description

Arizona Humanities presenter Laura Tohe will give a presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II.

"During WWII a group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines unaware that they would develop a secret code against the Japanese military. This select group of Code Talkers devised a Navajo language code that was accurate, quick, never broken, and saved many American lives. Excerpts from live interviews with the Code Talkers tell their stories before, during, and after the war that reflect their resiliency and their service to the U.S., a country that once tried to erase Navajo identity and language in the schools. Without fanfare the Code Talkers returned home to continued poverty and lack of opportunity and yet persevered. They overcame obstacles that helped change the Navajo Nation and their communities. Over twenty years passed after their discharge before Code Talkers were honored for their service by U.S. Presidents and the Navajo Nation."

Laura Tohe is Diné and the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate. She is Sleepy Rock People clan and born for the Bitter Water People clan and the daughter of a Navajo Code Talker. She has published three books of poetry, an anthology of Native women’s writing and an oral history on the Navajo Code Talkers.

Program:
Many Nations
Suitable for:
Teens (14-18 years)
Adults (18+)
Type:
History & Culture
Language:
English

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