Opens Sunday, April 27 and closes Sunday, July 7, 2014.
When the United States issued the call to arms in World Wars I and II, American Indians answered as warriors. Some men discovered that words - in their Native languages - would be their most valued weapons. These unsung American heroes share their stories of strength and courage in a Smithsonian traveling Exhibition developed by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Native Words, Native Warriors tells the remarkable story of soldiers from more than a dozen tribes who used their Native languages while in service in the U.S. military. In addition to 15 large-scale banners, the exhibition includes a 10 minute video examining the development of the code, battlefield experiences and the sharp turnaround many of the Native veterans experienced as they transitioned from Indian boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their Native languages to using the language as their call to duty for their country.