By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles Regional Museum (Information):
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Downtown Needles, California: The Needles Regional Museum will be presenting Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: The Navajo Code Talkers at 6:00 p.m. PT on Friday, March 13th, 2020 inside the El Garces Train Depot (Harvey House) at 950 Front Street.
During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered. For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talker’s cultural background, how the code was devised and used, photos, and how Navajo spiritual beliefs were used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PM) form this power point presentation.
Laura Tohe is Dine. She is Sleepy Rock clan born for the Bitter Water clan. She is the daughter of a Navajo Code Talker. She holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous American Literature. A librettist and an award-winning poet, her books include No Parole Today, Meeting the Spirit of Water (chapbook), Sister Notions (edited), Tseyi, Deep in the Rock, and Code Talker Stories (oral history). She wrote a commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio, for the Phoenix Symphony. Her new work for the oratorio, Nahasdzáán in the Glittering World, made its world premiere in France 2019. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction in Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University and is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2019.
Seats are limited, get you $5.00 tickets at the Needles Regional Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT Monday through Saturday at 929 Front Street near G Street.
For more information, please contact the Needles Regional Museum at: 1 (760) 326-5678.