Native Americans in World War II

Student Virtual Field Trip

The Warrior Tradition: American Indians in World War II


In addition to the most famous group of American Indians, the Navajo Code Talkers, uncover surprising and lesser-known stories of these warriors in uniform. Hear segments from the Museum’s oral history collection, including Medal of Honor recipient Van Barfoot,and the last surviving Crow war chief Joe Medicine Crow. With a focus on language and symbols, explore how the Code Talkers used their once-suppressed languages to successfully transmit code on the battlefront, attempt to crack the "unbreakable" Navajo code, and discuss why native language and terminology are still relevant today.

Available to K-12 classrooms, library patrons, lifelong learning groups. 


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