Given that the Japanese would have been very keen to capture one of the codetalkers
, it's unlikely that the Navajo would have been risked in such frontline hand to hand battle as that seen here, but it does allow the film to throw up its central moral dilemma.
What distinguishes the Navajo codetalkers even more is that these are a people who chose to fight for a country that had historically tried to exterminate their native identity.
I had never heard anything about the codetalkers or the Navajo people, so when the writers brought this story to me I was stunned.
The Comanche Codetalkers
of World War II", by Joseph Connole, in the Vol.
The Windtalkers of the title were Navajo Indian codetalkers
in the American ranks during the Second World War.
To date, artists scheduled to be featured on the Blue Room include Damian Marley, Bright Eyes, Neville Brothers, Steel Pulse, Moe, Gomez, Les Claypool, Nickel Creek, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Dungen, Deadboy & Elephantman, and The Codetalkers
The Thin Red Line (1998), Enemy at the Gates (2001),Pearl Harbor (2001), and Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) are soon to be followed by Windtalkers, the story of the WW II Navajo codetalkers
, slated to open in early 2002.
Bobby Lee Rodgers & the Codetalkers
are a trio that "taps into the primal mojo of '50s pioneers, embellished with the captivating twists and turns of hard electric blues, Muscle Shoals' soul, fleet-fingered acoustic picking and huge scale, epic rock," a bio says.
If these codetalkers
- nicknamed Windtalkers by their fellow Navajos - were threatened with capture by the Japanese the order was for them to be killed immediately by their Marine minders.