Notes: July 27, 2009

The Navajo Code Talkers: a traveling exhibit

 

WHO: Ruth, Liz, Caroline, Michele, Jim, Laura, and Betty

WHAT: a Lend a Hand Tour of the traveling exhibit of the Navajo Code Talkers

WHERE: Arizona State Museum on the U of A campus

WHEN:k Monday, July 27, 2009

WHY: We went for many reasons:

to learn the experiences and the sacrifices of the Navajo Code Talkers

to view the extraordinary photographs of these awesome young Indians and their

unbelievable contribution to the U.S. success in World War II in the Pacific

to appreciate with deep gratitude the sacrifices we owe these people, so young, so

fearless.

to thank Zonnie Gorman, a historian, whose father was among the first 29 Code

Talkers, and her students at Wingate High School near Gallup. Their task

was well done and their sharing of interviews with surviving talkers was

moving.

 

The extraordinary collection of photos, oral histories, documents and film was so real it almost brought me there. Not one of us will ever know how it really was.

Imagine coding your own language, learning a strange alphabet, a list of words and creating a code no one ever broke! The code was critical to the Pacific war communications. There is much more to this bit of history for only one short visit.

The gift shop was filled with beautiful Indian baskets, weavings, rugs, turquoise jewelry, delightful books and more.

The weather of July 27th was unbelievably hot and the museum was a reviving cool.

It was a museum trip to remember, to be grateful for, and to go back to again and again.

Harmony and Nature—the Indian mantra.

Submitted by: Betty

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