Native American Heroism - Conclusion


Navajo Code Talkers Peter Macdonald (left) and Roy Hawthorne participated in a ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. to pay tribute to veterans and to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. November 10, 2010.

Throughout this exhibit, we have emphasized the importance of heroism and warrior culture to Native Americans throughout the years and how it has evolved: from King Phillip and his reign as Sachem, to the Navajo Code Talkers and their part to confound the Japanese in World War II, to finally our modern day activists like Dennis Banks who led the Indian American Movement. Despite the ongoing American hostility and prejudice Indigenous people continue to fight for the United States and their rights as citizens. Native Americans have always fought to preserve their independence, protect their peoples, and their sovereignty over land, despite the challenges of settler-colonialism. Their Heroism is visible in everyday resilience and resistance, not just in war. Our exhibit shows just how much the Indigenous people have endured and how their warrior spirit will never die so long as there are Indigenous people on this Earth.

Source: PBS website, "What does it Mean to be a Warrior?" The Warrior Tradition (2019) (accessed December 3, 2020)
Native American Heroism
Native American Heroism - Conclusion