During WWII a group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines without knowing that they would be called on to develop a secret code against the Japanese military. This select group of Code Talkers devised a Navajo language code that was accurate, quick, never broken and saved many American lives.
Join us on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Basha Library for From “Chief” to Code Talker: Four Profiles of the Navajo Code Talkers. Navajo poet and writer Laura Tohe is the author of "Code Talker Stories," an oral history of surviving Code Talkers. Their stories are told with poignancy that reflect their resiliency and self-determination.
Please register at our website. Registration is limited to 50.
Laura Tohe is Diné. She is Sleepy Rock clan, born for the Bitter Water clan. 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, Sister Nations, Tséyi, Deep in the Rock and Code Talker Stories. Her commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio, was performed by the Phoenix Symphony. Her new work, Nahasdzaan in the Glittering World, makes its world premiere in France 2019. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction at Arizona State University and is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2019.
This program is sponsored by the Arizona Humanities.