During World War II, Charles “Checker” Tomkins fought the enemy with a different kind of weapon. As a code talker in the Canadian military, he used his knowledge of the native Cree language to help develop a top-secret communication system to defeat the Germans.
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Tomkins worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and his coded messages were vital to the success of their combat missions. Sworn to secrecy, he did not speak about his efforts until more than fifty years later after being approached by the Smithsonian Institute. Tomkin’s brother and friend remember his story in this poetic short film by Alexandra Lazarowich (https://www.instagram.com/alexalexlaza/).
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