Navajo Code Talkers Teach Us the Power of Dialogue

Mural honoring the WWII Navajo Code Talkers.

Dialogue is the theme for today.  My thoughts of dialogue for promoting healthy relationships came to me in meditation when the Navajo Code Talkers came to mind.  They were a part of our history that is still not as well-known as I think it should be.

I will share from the website just a little bit about their story and will then write about what it means to me during this 64 Days of Non-Violence:

“DURING THE EARLY MONTHS OF WWII, Japanese intelligence experts broke every code the US forces devised…

When Phillip Johnston, a civilian living in California learned of the crisis, he had the answer. As the son of a Protestant missionary, Johnston had grown up on the Navajo reservation and was one of less than 30 outsiders fluent in their difficult language. He realized that since it had no alphabet and was almost impossible to master without early exposure, the Navajo language had great potential as an indecipherable code. After an impressive demonstration to top commanders, he was given permission to begin a Navajo Code Talker test program.

Their elite unit was formed in early 1942 when the first 29 Navajo Code Talkers were recruited by Johnston. Although the code was modified and expanded throughout the war, this first group was the one to conceive it. Accordingly, they are often referred to reverently as the “original 29”

Navajo Code Talkers

AFTER THE WAR, THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS returned home as heroes without a heroes’ welcome. Their code had been so successful, it was considered a military secret too important to divulge. They remained silent heroes until more than two decades later. Even after declassification of the code in 1968, it took many years before any official recognition was given. In 2001, nearly 60 years after they created their legendary code, the Navajo Code Talkers finally received well-deserved Congressional Medals of Honor…”

How do I relate this to A Season for Peace & Non-Violence?  A Dialogue happened, using a language to create a code with the intention to end violence.  Not only were the Navajo people willing to share their language to aid the military, but we, or our country, was willing to give it a try.

We can try changing the dialogue with simple intentions such as peace, non-violence, love, kindness, collaboration, unity, etc.  Set the intention and change.

For a little more information about the Navajo Code Talkers, you can part 1 of a documentary:

The assignment from A Season for Peace & Non-Violence:

Marianne Williamson describes a healthy society as one in which “those who disagree can do so with honor and respect for other people’s opinions, and an appreciation for our shared humanity.” In the Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, he says, “Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others.” Today, speak up but do not enter into the spirit of argument.


About Kristy "Kiki"

I'm just a gypsy with a passion for the earth, people, art, music, photography, and writing.
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