©2016 Carolyn Bernard Young,
“Voices of Freedom”, 14″ stoneware platter
If you are not familiar with the term, “code talkers”, let me explain a bit. Near the end of World War I, Choctaw soldiers were asked to communicate sensitive military operations in their own language to assure the Germans could not crack the “code”. The success of this group of 19 Choctaws led to soldiers from a number of other American Indian tribes being asked to help. In World War II a number of tribes were enlisted and special training was given to assure accurate communications. For example, Choctaws used the phrase “Tanampo Chitto” (big gun) to indicate enemy artillery.
In 2008, Congress finally authorized medals be struck to honor the Code Talkers and they were awarded in a ceremony in Washington, DC on November 20, 2013 – almost 70 years later. It will be exciting to see the works created to honor these fine men and all other Native veterans this weekend. If you are in the Tulsa area, or up for a road trip, come join us for a weekend showcasing Native American fine art and tradition. Please stop by and say hello!
Carolyn Bernard Young
Empty Bowls is Coming
Not only do the artists generously donate their work, but they also volunteer at the event, so you might get to meet the person who actually made the special bowl you choose. Tickets are still available online