Zonnie Gorman returns to her high school, Verde Valley School, to present her journey of Growing Up With Hereos. Zonnie is the daughter of Dr. Carl N. Gorman, who was one of the original First Twenty-Nine Navajo Code Talkers of World War II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research at the National Archives: A Roundtable Discussion of Treasures, Techniques, Challenges, and Changes
A round table discussion in conjunction with the Organization of American Historians.
This event requires registration.
Join us for an evening with Zonnie M. Gorman, a recognized historian on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II and daughter of the late Dr. Carl Gorman, one of the original "first twenty-nine" Navajo Code Talkers, the pilot group that devised the initial Navajo code.
Identities, Lives, and Memories of Navajo Code Talkers
Zonnie was invited to present at the American Historical Association conference in Atlanta, GA.