Professors Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick (VCU) and Dr. Francoise Kirkpatrick (U of R) will present a University style class on two films that explore and highlight the fascinating little known role that Native Americans played during both World Wars.
Choctaw Code Talkers In 1918, not yet citizens of the United States, Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces were asked to use their Native language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I–setting a precedent for code talking as an effective military weapon and establishing them as America’s original code talkers.
True Whispers: The Story of The Navaho Code Talkers – Exploring the personal and heartfelt story of the Navajo Code Talkers, True Whispers tells the stories of the young Navajo men recruited from harsh government boarding schools into the Marines during World War II. From 1942-1945, the Code Talkers devised an unbreakable code in their native language and transmitted vital messages in the midst of combat against the Japanese.
An official Pocahontas Reframed Storyteller’s Festival selection film will be screened at the Jamestown theater as part of the Inter-tribal Powwow that will be held October 12th & 13th, 2019.
The American Indian Intertribal Powwow will also include song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling, and children’s activities.
Programs this year highlight American Indian women with special performances, speakers and more. Special event is held in conjunction with 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.