Yesterday we visited the Ganondagan Historic Site in Victor, NY to hear a Navajo Code Talker speak. I happen to be working on a caricature art quilt at the moment on democracy in action. Perhaps this made the experience all the more special. The 86 year old Navajo, Bill Toledo, was escorted to the speaking platform by a host of representatives from various tribes that had served in the US military. A Marine color guard stood at attention throughout Bill's hour long speech.
The Code Talkers created a code during WWII out of their native language that was used successfully through out the Pacific arena. The Navajo who served as Code Talkers were able to convey information to troops in 30 seconds that had previously taken 30 minutes to code. This meant getting help in operations quickly where needed and saved many lives. The code was never broken.