"Honoring the Code" A Tribute to Chester Nez

by Steven Gigante, Cody Blackbird & Jay Begaye

Released 2015
Steven Gigante
Released 2015
Steven Gigante
Traditional Native American Flute & Voice
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This new single, Blends Steven Gigante's style of the Traditional Native American Flute with Traditional Voice. Steven has collaborated with two award winning artists, Cody Blackbird & Jay Begaye. This Song is in Honor of Chester Nez, who was the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. Chester passed away on June 4, 2014 at the age of 93. He served as a Code Talker in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam and Peleliu.

Spoken in the Navajo language, Jay Begaye speaks these words that Steven Gigante wrote in Honor of this Great Man:
During World War II, The Japanese had broken almost every Code that the United States had used. The United States knew that a new code had to be created. So the United States turned to an Ancient Culture, an Ancient Language, known, as the Dine'. The Navajo Nation. Twenty-nine men were recruited to create this code. These Twenty-nine men became known as the Navajo Code Talkers.
Let us now honor these great men. Who sacrificed themselves for their Country, for their Land, and for their People. Especially, one of the Last Original Twenty-nine Navajo Code Talkers, Chester Nez.