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Title Navajo warriors : the great secret / a co-production Bonne Pioche and Idéacom international, with the participation of France 2 ; a film by Michel Viotte ; producers, Emmanuel Priou, Allyson Luchack ; co-producers, Josette D. Normandeau, Jacques Nadeau ; written and directed by Michel Viotte
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (50 min.)
Summary Navajo soldiers in World War II used their unwritten Native American tongue as an unbreakable code language. Ironically the U.S. military used the Native American language as a potent instrument of war. Successive generations of young Navajo men who fought in the elite division of the U.S. Marine Corps, relate their stories in this film. Reveals how their strong Navajo cultural identity and spiritual references correlated with traditional Marine Corps values and a passionate patriotism
Notes A co-production France-Canada
Previously released as DVD
This edition in English and Navajo with English subtitles
Subject United States. Marine Corps -- Indians.
Navajo Indians.
Navajo language.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Indian.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Luchack, Allyson
Nadeau, Jacques
Normandeau, Josette D.
Priou, Emmanuel.
Viotte, Michel.
Bonne Pioche (Firm)
Filmakers Library, inc.
France 2 cinéma (Firm)
Idéacom inc.