Navajo/Diné Community

The Diné people's traditional homeland (Diné Bikéyah) lies in the desert Southwest of what is now the United States, with lands now encompassing parts of the states of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.  The red rock canyonlands locate the Diné in timeless stories and in modern life. This landscape has also drawn filmmakers to the area since the beginning of the moving image. Numerous Hollywood and international Western movies and commercial advertisements have been filmed in Navajoland over the years. The films in this collection were made for the educational audience, to be shown in mainstream K-12 classrooms in the middle years of the 20th century. Like Hollywood directors, independent educational filmmakers were drawn to Diné Bikéyah by its distinctive landscape and open skies and by the perception of exoticism in the Diné culture.

Alternate narratives curated and recorded by Rhiannon Sorrell, Diné College, Tsaile, Arizona.

Navajo/Diné community managing partners:

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Diné Bizaad/Navajo dictionary words were intially drawn from the following sources:

Conversational Navajo Dictionary (Garth A. Wilson), Navajo WOTDhttps://glosbe.comOmniglothttp://www.native-languages.org/navajo.htmNavajo-English Dictionary (C. Leon Wall, William Morgan, United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Branch of Education, 1958). Contributed by Melissa Dollman, a non-Diné speaker. Reviewed by Rhiannon Sorrell. We very much welcome community vetting of these vocabulary words, and recommendations for additional resources.

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Navajo/Diné Community
Category
Home Movies
Summary
Home movie footage of a Navajo woman weaving under a sun shade as a toddler girl learns/plays alongside, exterior of Monument Valley Tour jeep and driver, Navajos and tourists entering a hogan, talking to a woman, a group lining up for a photo, horses...
Community
Navajo/Diné Community
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Completed Alternate Audio Narration, Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
A medicine man and assistants conduct a sandpainting ceremony to cure an ill man. Story includes the family coming to him for help, the creation of the painting, and the healing ceremony.
Community
Navajo/Diné Community
Category
B-Roll and Outtakes, Completed Alternate Audio Narration, Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
About a young Navajo/Diné boy, Son of the Hunter, who must grapple with death, abondonment by his father, his family's limited resources, and being forcibly moved to an indian boarding school.
Community
Navajo/Diné Community
Category
Completed Alternate Audio Narration, Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
Story about a Navajo family and their battle with tuberculosis as two members must heal in a sanatorium. Storyline includes generational differences regarding Western medicine, and a young Navajo man's decision to attend an Indian boarding school.
Community
Navajo/Diné Community
Category
Completed Alternate Audio Narration, Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
Major themes covered: Daily life; rug weaving; social life; courtship; wedding customs; sheepherding; preparing food; harvesting corn; carding and spinning wool; rug weaving; trade; silverwork; social dances; constructing a hogan.