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Author: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anita Y. Chebahtah, All Hands Magazine

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A Native American Legacy

A Native American Legacy

I think the passion for my culture and family history comes from the experience of losing it and then gaining it back. I know not everyone has the opportunity to grow up knowing their family’s history- who they are and where they come from. If I don’t learn these things and pass them on, my culture and family history eventually die. I don’t want to be the link that breaks that chain, I want to help educate others so our culture and tribal history remains strong for generations to come.

A male Sailor underwater with sunglasses waves towards camera with the text "Submerged: One Artistic Point of View" superimposed in front of him. - Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Vien (Bob) Nguyen shares how his passion for underwater photography helped capture a shot some have dubbed the "greatest submarine photo of all time".

One Artistic Point of View

One Artistic Point of View

Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Vien (Bob) Nguyen shares the story behind his passion for underwater photography and the photo that gained notoriety during the 2018 Rim of the Pacific exercise as an image some have dubbed the "greatest submarine photo of all time".

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Carved Through Naval Experience

Carved Through Naval Experience

The sun slowly ascends over the Arizona horizon. Crickets, locusts, bees and flies buzz around world-renowned Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Cacti stand tall, and thorn bushes and tumble weeds soak up the warm morning light. Nakai begins playing his flute, and the soothing melody echoes through the hills.

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Chevato

Chevato

About 150 years ago, when my great-grandfather Chevato joined the Army as a cavalry scout, he became the first known Comanche to officially enlist in the U.S. armed forces.

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Danielle DeCoteau

Danielle DeCoteau

Her hair is plaited neatly in two French braids. Her eagle plumes are tied into a piece of hair on top of her head, making them lay gracefully over the left braid. Each braid is wrapped in red cloth with beaded blue hair ties; dentalium shells are attached to each end. She is wearing a red United Women's Veterans Association long sleeve shirt, a blue ribbon skirt she made herself, beaded blue leggings and moccasins.

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Culture is Family

Culture is Family

The grassy hill surrounding the arena is packed full of spectators and family members. The emcee calls out a dancer's name; there's movement in the crowd. The competitor makes it into the arena, throws out his hoops for his sequence. Upon the dancer's cue, the drum starts singing. Bells on his ankles sing in time with each beat of the drum and each step he makes.

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Culinary Specialists

Culinary Specialists

Every inch of the stainless steel counters are utilized to chop vegetables, prepare pizza toppings and fry chicken wings. The cooks move and work together like a finely tuned, well-oiled machine in the galley aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). They joke and sing along with every style of music, played from a Bluetooth speaker hanging overhead, from old country to underground rap.

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Native and in the Navy

Native and in the Navy

Men dance with red and blue blankets, similar to stoles, draped over their shoulders. Skunk berry and silver-beaded bandoliers with handkerchief bundles of Indian perfume tied to the back hang across their hearts. In one hand, they shake metal rattles in sync with each drumbeat; in the other, they hold feather fans.

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Native and in the Navy

Native and in the Navy

Men dance with red and blue blankets, similar to stoles, draped over their shoulders. Skunk berry and silver-beaded bandoliers with handkerchief bundles of Indian perfume tied to the back hang across their hearts. In one hand, they shake metal rattles in sync with each drumbeat; in the other, they hold feather fans.

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True Grit

True Grit

It's overcast, a balmy 75 degrees with high humidity at 7 a.m. on day two of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician dive school aboard Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida. Students, that are still wet from the 500-meter swim portion of the physical screening test (PST), are now covered in sand and sweat as they drop to complete another set of push-ups at Thor's Playground, a slightly wooded workout area.