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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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