Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Whatever Works (part two)

This (one of several) statues of a Navajo Code Talker. This one stands in front of the Gallup, New Mexico, Cultural Center.

As most of us have finally acknowledged, the Navajo used their language (adapted for American military terms) to bamboozle the Japanese during World War II -- thus saving many hundreds of American lives.

To me, this not only demonstrates the courage and patriotism of the Navajo but also underlines the importance of all peoples retaining their languages and cultures. [It's okay if they learn English too.]

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