HUMOR: Navajo wisdom and NASA (fwd)

Kathryn Aegis (
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 16:32:09 +0000

This showed up on one of my other lists, thought that you might enjoy

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Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 04:59:39 -0500 (EST)

About 1966 or so, a NASA team doing work for the Apollo moon mission took the
astronauts near Tuba City where the terrain of the Navajo Reservation looks
very much like the Lunar surface. Along with all the trucks and large
vehicles, there were two large figures dressed in full Lunar spacesuits.

Nearby a Navajo sheep herder and his son were watching the strange creatures
walk about, occasionally being tended by personnel. The two Navajo people
were noticed and approached by the NASA personnel. Since the man did not
know English, his son asked for him what the strange creatures were and the
NASA people told them that they are just men that are getting ready to go to
the moon. The man became very excited and asked if he could send a message
to the moon with the astronauts.

The NASA personnel thought this was a great idea so they rustled up a tape
recorder. After the man gave them his message, they asked his son to
translate. His son would not.

Later, they tried a few more people on the reservation to translate and every
person they asked would chuckle and then refuse to translate. Finally, with
cash in hand, someone translated the message, "Watch out for these guys, they
come to take your land."