Navajo Code Talkers in WWII

“The life stories of nine Navajo Code Talkers were featured in a ceremony at Window Rock, Ariz., as part of Navajo Code Talkers Day on Friday, August 14, 2020. The films were created by students of Winona State University and Diné College, Tsaile, Ariz., the tribal college of the Navajo Nation. The films were created under the Navajo Oral History project, an academic collaboration of the two education institutions, which ran from 2009-2015. During six years of active field work, students in the Navajo Oral History project made 27 documentary films about Navajo elders, including nine films about Navajo Code Talkers.” Read full story here and watch the video oral histories here.

Navajo Oral History

One never knows what kind of material will be next, when cataloging for library branches serving Smithsonian’s 19 museums and research centers. I recently received a box of DVDs that needed complex copy and original cataloging. The first several DVDs were oral history interviews with Navajo Code Talkers, which immediately piqued my interest. As I worked my way to the bottom of the box, I found that the interview topics were more diverse.  For full story click here.