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E-RFD: Navajo Moon

Subject: The Old Navajo, and NASA 
   Date:  Mon, 17 Sep 2007 20:06:57 EDT 
   From:   Winstonone@aol.com 

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 moon. 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.

An  official government translator was summoned.  After  he finally stopped laughing, the  translator relayed the message:

    "WATCH  OUT FOR THESE (expletive deleted),

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