MOONWALK

Editor: I had to share this....A true story.

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 and boulders.

The curious elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked them a normal question under the circumstances. His son translated for the NASA people: “What are these guys in the big suits doing here?

One of the astronauts answered that they were practicing for their upcoming trip to the moon.

When his son relayed this comment to the Navajo elder he got very excited, very excited, and he asked if it would be possible to give to the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon when they got there.

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 immediately.

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 what had been said.

So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for a group of local 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 also stopped laughing, the translator relayed the message: “Watch out for these assholes. They have come to steal your land.”

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