Growing Up with Heroes: The First Twenty-Nine Navajo Code Talkers of World War II
Oct
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

Growing Up with Heroes: The First Twenty-Nine Navajo Code Talkers of World War II

  • The University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library (map)
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Zonnie shares a touching story about the Navajo Code Talkers, and particularly about her father's role as one of the First Twenty-Nine.  In addition, you will experience the Navajo reservation of the 1940s, the U.S. Government policy of Assimilation to eradicate indigenous languages and cultures and learn how the code was made.  Zonnie's personal insights, well researched information and wry humor combine to offer a poignant, eye-opening and stirringly patriotic presentation.

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Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Culture, Art, & War: Carl Gorman & the First Twenty-Nine Navajo Code Talkers

Zonnie will be the Keynote Speaker for the 81st Annual International Conference for The Association for Business Communication.

Zonnie Gorman, Carl's youngest daughter and a noted historian on the Navajo Code Talkers will share how the Navajo Code Talker program began with twenty-nine Navajo men, including her father, in the spring of 1942 and how Carl, following the war, emerged as an advocate for cultural understanding and dialogue through art and teaching.  

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Aug
7
10:45am10:45am

Clinton’s Story: The Would-Be Navajo Code Talker Who Never Was

Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture - Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ

This lecture tells the story of George Clinton, whose unknown identity has been the subject of a seventy-five-year-old mystery surrounding the missing volunteer from the original group of Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. Zonnie Gorman, historian and daughter of one of the original Navajo Code Talkers, will tell the incredible saga of this discovery and share the short and tragic life of this would-be Code Talker.

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Aug
6
3:15pm 3:15pm

The Life of a Navajo Code Talker: Carl Gorman and the First Twenty-Nine

Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture - Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ
Carl Gorman was too old to enlist, but he did anyway. Unemployed and running away from a rocky marriage, Carl volunteered to join the Marine Corps along with several other young Navajo men in the spring of 1942.  Little did any of them know their participation in a pilot group would mark the beginning of one of the most vital and successful military communications networks used during World War II. Learn about Carl and the First Twenty-Nine Navajo Code Talkers who developed the original Navajo code and helped win the war in the Pacific. 

 

 

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