Navajo code talkers

Navajo code talkers
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  • Grandchildren, you asked me about this metal of mine. It holds a story that I was not allowed to speak for many winters. I will tell you a true story of how Navajo helped America win a great war.
  • Kii Yahzi, come. Your uncle is in the wagon.
  • You are not going to school for yourself. You are doing this for your family. To learn the way of the bilagaana, the white people.
  • My name is First Sergeant Frank Shinn I'm a Marine and proud to be one, the Marines need a few good men. There will be real opportunity for you if you enlist. 
  • We need to send a message to our men to be on the lookout.
  • D-ah a-kha-tah-da-az-ja: Tses-natlo-chin-ha-ih-des-ee-ma-e. Le-eh-gade-do who-neh-bihl-has-ahn
  • How happy we all were. One minute we had all been at war and the next it was over! There would be no more killing. I could return home.
  • So, my grandchildren that is the tale this metal has helped me tell. It is not just my story, but a story of our people and of the strength that we gain from holding on to our language.
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