In WWII, "code talkers" used the Navajo language to send secret messages between soldiers in battle. This is a fictionalized account of 16-year-old Ned, and his experience as a code talker in the war.
I was very interested in this story, but the writing style is a bit forced. While the story deals with the pain of war and violence, the shameful treatment of Navajo children taken from their families is at least as disturbing.
"I was not surprised. Those things that he had said a Marine recruit needed to learn were part of our everyday Navajo life back then. We were used to walking great distances over hard terrain while carrying things. We would stay out with our herds of sheep overnight and in the worst weather. Going for two or three days without eating was not unusual for us."
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