Living History – Kee Etsicitty – Navajo Code Talker
Navajo Oral History Project
Marine Corps Veteran Kee Etsicitty is a native of the Navajo reservation. Kee served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II where he used his language to communicate messages among soldiers and helped defeat the enemy.
He was stationed in Guadalcanal, Guam, Iwo Jima and other Pacific locations for just over two years. Despite the hardships of war, Kee feels proud to have “contributed something that brought the liberty back a little closer.”
Project completed by:
Kelsey Foss – WSU
Sammi Luhmann – WSU
Robin McGee – DC
Stefani Schmidt – WSU
This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2012.
It contains stories Kee Etsicitty of Chichiltah, New Mexico, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life.
This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Nation Library, Winona State University Library, and Diné College Library, and will be archived at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
The film is part of the Navajo Oral History project, a multi-year collaboration between the Winona State UniversityMass Communication Department and Diné College– The official Tribal College of the Navajo Nation