Wednesday, April 19, 2006


A Contemporary Navajo Story

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training.

One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question.His son translated for the NASA people: "What are these guys in the big suits doing?" One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give to the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon.

read the punch line at Joy Harjo's Web Log


Anonymous said...

Wow! Both funny and filled with insight.

two_dishes said...

Awww. I liked where it left off on your excerpt; didn't need any more punchline. I liked it just the fact that an Indian thinks of the moon as a being, as a sentient thing that could recieve a message.

I bought a shirt at Union Square today that said Support Our Troops and it had a bunch of mounted Indians, defending against invaders.