Monday, July 16, 2012

Achievement 14: Image Unlocked!

Two more pieces unlocked together!

In the upper right you see Dan Akee, a veteran of WWII and one of the celebrated Navajo code talkers. This photo was taken when he was appearing at the Grand Canyon National Park celebration of Native American Heritage Month (2010). The events are held in honor of the many accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of the indigenous peoples of North America.

In the lower margin is an iconic Navajo squash blossom necklace, unusual in having three strands of silver. Some people look no deeper than stones and metal in jewelry like this, not recognizing the weight of history that goes into making such pieces.

To learn more about the indigenous nations of the southwest,

Discover how important the code talkers were to American efforts in WWII:

If you want to understand more about Indian jewelry and adornment, both modern and ancient, we have a variety of resources for you to explore:

The image of Dan Akee was made available courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Service, through a Creative Commons license:

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