NAVAJO MESSAGE TO THE MOON
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. Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a
NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, “Why certainly!” He
then told an underling to get a tape recorder. The Navajo elder’s comments
into the microphone were brief.
The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had
The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused
So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for
other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly, but refused to translate
the elder’s message to the moon.
An official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped
laughing, the translator relayed the message:
"WATCH OUT FOR THESE SHASOLES.
THEY HAVE COME TO STEAL YOUR LA