When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some astronaut
training on a Navajo Indian reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son
were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who only
spoke Navajo, asked a question, which his son translated. "What are the guys
in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for
their trip to the moon.

The old man got really excited and asked if he could send a message to the
moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity for the
spin-doctors, the NASA folks found a tape recorder. After the old man
recorded his message, they asked the son to translate. He refused. So the
NASA reps brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe
listened and laughed, but refused to translate the elder's message to the

Finally, NASA called in an official government translator. He reported that
the moon message said, "Watch out for these guys; they've come to steal your