When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training.
One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks.
The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question.
His son translated for the NASA people: "What are these guys in the big suits doing?"
One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon.
When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give to the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon.
Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an underling to get a tape recorder.
The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said.
The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate.
So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's message to the moon.
Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message:
"Watch out for these pricks. They have come to steal your land."
i thought it was gonna be about Michael Jackson ;)
thats a good 1!
but i dont think they actually said "pricks" back in the day ;)
The Navajo Language is basically dead. In the early 1900's the Navajo were put into English only schools and forbidden to speak in Navajo. Not only would it be almost impossible to find someone who speaks Navajo, it would be completely impossible to find someone who only spoke Navajo.;)
umm no, i LIVE IN AZ! they still speak navajo and live out here...believe me ;)
but thnks for the info.
PS the majority also speak english :D
Ive been through there many times Krikor. And Ive read alot. There are still speakers , yes. Mainly just for triditions sake and the fact that some were taught it while serving in the Marine Crops. But it is basicaly a dead language.
if the navajo language has been dead since the early 1900s how did we use the in ww2
i also live in arizona and they still speak it up on the reservations
really? ive never seen u here before... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
yeh pretty much, but there are still indians who speak it...
I never said it was totally dead. But it was strickly forbidden and not passed on to the next generations, during WWII it was taught abit to some of the peopel for use of code in Japan. It still remains , but there has not been a Navojo Speaker hoo didnt dpeak english probably since Pre-War times.
your probably right on that necro