Learn about the Comanche Code Talkers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 when the Ramona Theatre in Frederick hosts the Comanche Youth Dancers. Attendees will also get to view the “Code of Honor.”
During World Wars I and II, the United States military used select Native American service men to relay secret battle messages based on words from their traditional tribal languages. “Code Talkers,” as they came to be known, are twentieth–century heroes.
Although the Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche) language was utilized in battle during WWI, it wasn’t until WWII that an organized code was developed. Twenty-one Comanche men were hand-picked by the U.S. Government to participate in the WWII Code Talker program. The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center’s film “Code of Honor” tells their story of Honor and Service.
To honor their memory and their service, the Comanche Youth Dancers will perform before the film is shown. The Comanche Youth Dancers are a group of boy and girls ages 5 to 16 years who perform traditional dances. They will perform several dances, and will even have audience participation session. This will be a special performance, as some of the dancers are the great granddaughters of the Comanche Code Talkers who are in the film.
This special event will be held at the Historical Ramona Theatre, 114 S 9th Street in Frederick, and is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Frederick Arts Council, and is conjunction with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s Open Hangar Day, which will be held at the Frederick Airport on Saturday, Jan. 25. For more information, please visit http://www.wwiiadt.org/open_hangar_day.html or contact Sharon Bennett at 580-305-2289.
The Frederick Arts Council thanks the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center for permission to show “Code of Honor”.