Soloho "Whistling Arrow" Salawa
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As a Hopi, Soloho Salawa belongs to one of the tribes that form the backbone of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Phoenix, in the old state of Arizona, and lived both on and off Native lands during his early years. Fascinated with mechanized flight, he scratched out a living in air shows. During this time he took the name Soloho, Hopi for “the sound made by a bird’s wing during flight.” A simpler translation, from the Salawa perspective, is “whistling arrow.” Soloho moved back to Native lands when the Navajo Nation formed, trading off his crop-duster-turned-stunt-plane for a beat-up Lightning. As the Navajo Nation clamped down on outside efforts to “subjugate or destroy the People with its poisoning drink” Soloho led the defense along the southwest border against Mexican smugglers and pirate bands. Salawa is a deeply committed warrior, taking his responsibilities as a protector of his people very seriously. In combat, Salawa combines the fatalism of the Navajo warrior with the grace, calm and style of a Hollywood Knight.