Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
July 1, 2000 - Issue 13

Marine Hymn in the Navajo Language
translated by Jimmy King, Navajo Instructor, 1997

We have conquered our enemies
All over the world
On land and on sea
Everywhere we fight
True and loyal to our duty
We are know by that
United States Marines
To be one is a great thing.

Nin hokeh bi-kheh a-na-ih-la
Ta-al-tso-go na-he-seel-kai
Nih-bi-kah-gi do tah kah-gi
Ta-al-tso-go en-da-de-pah
Tsi-di-da-an-ne ne-tay-yah
Ay be nihe hozeen
Washindon be Akalh Bi-kosi-la
Ji-lengo ba-hozhon


Our flag waves
From dawn to setting sun.
We have fought every place
where we could take a gun
From northern lands
To southern tropic scenes,
We are known to be tireless
The United States Marines

Ni-he da-na-ah-taj ihla
Yel khol-go e-e-ah
Day-ne tal-al-tso go enta-she-jah
Tal-tso-go entas-se-pah
Ha-kaz dineh-ih be-hay-jah
Ado ta aokhek-ash-shen
Do ni-din-da-hi ol-yeh
Washindon be Akalh-bi Khos



May we live in peace hereafter
We have conquered all our foes,
No force in the world we cannot conquer,
We know of no fear
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
United States Marines will be
there Living in peace.

Hozo-go nay-yeltay to
A-na-oh bi-keh de-dlihn
Ni-hi-keh di-dlini ta-etin
Yeh-wol-ye hi-he a-din
Sila-go-tsoi do chah-lakai
Ya-ansh-go das dez e e
Washindon be Akalh-bi Kosi la

For this song and an amazing list of Navajo words
used during WWII, check out this link:
Navajo Code Talkers' Dictionary



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