Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald to Lecture in Muskeon on Friday, July 7

Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald

Published July 5, 2017

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – As part of a series of Edward S. Curtis Exhibition events by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald will be the featured speaker on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon, Michigan.

MacDonald, the former chairman of the Navajo Nation, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He became part of an elite group of Navajo Marines who served the country as language code talkers in the South Pacific. Using the Navajo langauge, the code talkers were able to communicate with one another using their indigenous language in code talk. The Japanese were never able to break the code.

MacDonald was first elected Navajo tribal chairman in 1970. MacDonald served as Navajo Nation Tribal Chairman for four terms between the years 1970 to 1986.  Note: The Navajo Nation restructured its leadership governance in 1991 creating the Office of President of the Navajo Nation.


Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Edward Curtis: The North American Indian is one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys perhaps ever undertaken of Edward S. Curtis’s life work. The exhibition includes all 723 photogravures (fine art intaglio-printed photographs) from the work’s world-famous portfolios. The prints depict Native American life over a century ago in stunning portraits, landscapes, lifestyles, and, controversially and troubling for Native American and non-Indian critics and scholars, rituals, rites, and ceremonial regalia and objects. The exhibition runs until September 10, 2017.


The Code Talkers of World War II, Lecture by Peter MacDonald, former four-term chairman of the Navajo Nation.


Friday, July 7, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.


USS Silversides Submarine Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, Michgan 49441



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