By Chester Nez
He's the one unique global battle II Navajo code talker nonetheless alive—and this can be his tale . . .
His identify wasn’t Chestesr Nez. That was once the English identify he was once assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding university at fortress Defiance, he used to be punished for talking his local language, because the academics sought to rid him of his tradition and traditions. yet discrimination didn’t cease Chester from answering the decision to protect his state after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have consistently been warriors, and his upbringing on a brand new Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both actual and mental—to excel as a marine.
in the course of global battle II, the japanese had controlled to crack each code the USA used. but if the Marines grew to become to its Navajo recruits to increase and enforce a mystery army language, they created the single unbroken code in smooth warfare—and helped guarantee victory for the us over Japan within the South Pacific.
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It is impossible to neatly label and codify the customs of the Navajos, now numbering more than a quarter-million people. Divergence is inevitable. As our interviews progressed, I began to write. But something was wrong. It wasn’t Chester; it was me. I’d finished Chester’s biography before I realized that his story wasn’t mine. It was his. Chester is alive, and this book needed to be his memoir, not a biography written by someone else. So I listened to the tapes again. By then we had recorded more than seventy-five hours.
The car had wheels made from empty spools of thread. Windows had been carefully cut into a rectangular cardboard matchbox from the trading post, creating the car’s body. Red dirt—now dry and powdery despite last night’s rain—puffed out from the car’s wheels. The baby goat who’d been attacked by the coyote ran up to me and rubbed his head against me. He wanted to play. A good sign. The kids and lambs had sweet personalities, and they recognized me as a friend. I rubbed the little goat’s head. Then I gently pushed him back toward the herd.
The twins slew each monster, and the corpses turned to stone. The stone formations created by the dead bodies of the monsters can still be seen. ” I loved this story, and listened carefully every time to be sure that the Diné were properly saved from the monsters. The weapons used had been the first bows and arrows. My elders told this story only during winter, hunting season. Since the bow and arrow were associated with thunder and lightning, you didn’t talk about them in summer, the season of thunderstorms.
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez