Last week marked a tribal holiday for Navajo Code Talkers. These brave men served in World War II for U.S. forces, and developed a creative code based off of their Native language. The code was used as a way to communicate between troops, without the threat of the Japanese forces intercepting and translating the message.
Unquestionably, these men deserve the honor they receive, and then some, but how do you feel about native language being used in this capacity? Do you feel like the language was being honored or exploited, or perhaps both? Would your feelings change if code talkers were to participate in modern day battles for the United States? If so, what caused that change? Lastly, how do you feel about the representation of code talkers in the media? Do you think popular films such as, Windtalkers, gives an accurate/fair portrayal of the value of Native languages? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We greatly appreciate your participation in this dialogue!