Decoding the Message
You may never learn to speak Navajo, but you can still use the code. In this activity,
you’ll use part of the “Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary” to decode a top secret
message. You’ll also use the information you decode to pinpoint an important location
on a map from World War II.
During the Battle of Iwo Jima, Navajo code talkers sent an extremely important
message to US military leaders. It formed one word:
Here is the Navajo translation:
Dibeh, Shi-da, Dah-nes-tsa, Tkin, Shush, Wol-La-Chee, Moasi, Lin, Yeh-hes.
But what did it mean? Use these sections from the “
Navajo Code Talkers' Dictionary
to see if you can decode it.
Hint 1: Pay special attention to the section on the alphabet.
Hint 2: Even after you decode the word, you probably won’t understand it. You will
get more information after you complete part B.