Exhibit Tells Story of American Indian “Code Talkers”

 

Navajo code talkers Private First Class Preston Toledo and his cousin Private First Class Frank Toledo, 1943. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps.“Native Words, Native Warriors,” an exhibit now on display in the east wing first floor of the UWM Golda Meir Library, describes the remarkable story of Indian soldiers (Assiniboine, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Chippewa, Choctaw, Comanche, Cree, Crow, Dakota Sioux, Hopi, Kiowa, Menominee, Meskwaki, Muscogee, Navajo, Oneida, Pawnee, and Seminole) who used their Native languages on behalf of the U.S. military during World Wars I and II.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, runs through October 28, 2012.

It was developed by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit was made possible by the support of Elizabeth Hunter Solomon; additional support was provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and the AMB Foundation.

A companion website created by the NMAI is also available.

Image above: Navajo code talkers Private First Class Preston Toledo (left) and his cousin Private First Class Frank Toledo, 1943. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps.

 

 

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