Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe
During WWII a small group of Navajo men from the Navajo homeland enlisted in the Marines with a unique armor. This select group of men devised a code using the Diné (Navajo) language to pass secret information without the enemy ever deciphering or breaking the code. For years a cloak of secrecy hung over the service these Code Talkers gave to the U.S. government and country. Over 40 years later, the code was declassified and the Code Talkers were recognized and honored for their military contributions to the war effort by Presidents Reagan and Bush, and the Navajo Nation.
Laura Tohe, PhD and daughter of a Navajo code talker, discusses why the young Navajos enlisted in the Marines in WWII, how the code was devised and used and shares quotes and photos of the Code Talkers with personal family photos of Dr. Tohe's. Award winning poet of many books and author of Code Talker Stories she will share her reflections on these works as well.
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