[Marxism] The Moon

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Tue Mar 16 18:04:03 MST 2004

Subject: The moon 
The moon 
Early Warning 
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
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!" and 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 said. 
The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he
refused to translate. 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 also refused to translate the elder's
message to the moon. 
Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he
finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message: 
"Watch out for these assholes. They have come to steal your land." 
James M. Craven
Blackfoot Name: Omahkohkiaayo-i'poyi
Professor/Consultant,Economics;Business Division Chair
Clark College, 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
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