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True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center @ Queensborough Community College

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Cinema Series: True Whispers, the Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

Followed by Q&A with Producer, Yvonne Russo

Wednesday, February 20th from noon to 2pm – Date TBC

Introduced by KHC Fellow, Barbara Kelly

True Whispers is a documentary on the lives of a group of Navajo or Dinépeople 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, DinéBahane', 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


Part of the KHC/NEH 2018-19 Colloquium: Survivance on Turtle Island: Engaging with Native American Cultural Survival, Resistance, and Allyship

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