May 17, 2008

Navajo Spirit Warriors

Film on Navajo veterans uncovers painful pastA new documentary about Navajo veterans premiered here last Wednesday to its toughest possible audience: Navajo veterans.

For the most part, "Spirit Warriors: A Legacy of the Navajo Veteran" got rave reviews when it was unveiled at a Central Agency veterans conference. Some vets wished it could have been longer.
How it was made:The documentary, by award-winning independent film company Guerilla Docs, relies mostly on interviews filmmaker Randall Wilson collected over two week-long visits to the Navajo Nation, interspersed with historical footage from the 1920s through the 1960s.

"I went to the National Archives in College Park, Md., and spent seven days locked in their library," Wilson said. "They had some wonderful footage."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Documentaries and News.

Below:  World War II Navajo Code Talkers visit Pentagon, meet with General Pace.

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