Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Navajo youth filmmaker: 'In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman'
Navajo filmmaker, 14 years old, releases 'In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman'
“In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman” is a 26 minute docu-drama about a 13-year-old Navajo girl who finds her own strengths through making a documentary about her grandmother and their ancestral history. She imagines what it would be like to be her Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864 - 1868. The re-enactments were performed by the descendants of Yellow Woman and filmed in many of the places where the historical events actually took place.
Camille Manybeads Tso (Navajo) is a now 14-year-old filmmaker who learned the art of film through the Indigenous Youth media literacy collective, Outta Your Backpack Media in Ariz. Camille has worked with OYBMedia since she was 9, and is currently the youngest youth mentor. Camille formed Halne’e (Storyteller) Productions in 2008 to tell her family’s and culture’s stories.
“In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman” is Camille’s first big production. It started as her 8th grade project, but soon grew into something more meaningful. Camille conducted the interviews, researched the time period, and wrote a script of re-enactments. She recruited her family to help her make costumes, direct, film, act, sing, and edit. The results are a beautiful film of the power of reclaiming oral histories.
Camille's film has already been accepted into 3 film festivals, the International Indigenous Arts and Film Festival in Denver, the Native Spirit Festival in London, and the Eckerd Environmental Film Festival in St. Pete, Florida!
Camille Manybeads Tso as Yellow Woman
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