True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers
Kupferberg Holocaust Center
Introduced by KHC Fellow, Barbara Kelly
Followed by Q&A with Producer, Yvonne Russo
March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
"True Whispers" is a documentary on the lives of a group of Navajo or Diné people who were recruited by the U.S. Navy from residential boarding schools to fight against the Japanese in the Pacific theater of WWII. These men and women who became known as the “Code Talkers” spoke both English and their Native language, Diné Bahane’, which together formed an incorruptible code used to convey messages during combat. Interviews address the experience of suffering in the schools the U.S. government forced them to attend until their language skills were needed during wartime. Despite their contribution, upon returning home these veterans discovered their people were still suffering hardships. The Code talkers discuss their pride in defending America and even more so their pride in protecting their homeland, the four sacred mountains.
Released in 2016, 60 minutes
This event is FREE, but registration is requested.
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Part of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center/National Endowment for the Humanities 2018-19 Colloquium – “Survivance on Turtle Island: Engaging with Native American Cultural Survival, Resistance, and Allyship”.