Saad Nizhóní (Beautiful Words) Thursday, July 16, and Thursday, July 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. I am hosting a poetry event with Navajo poets via Zoom. Join the Autry and Navajo multimedia documentarian Pamela J. Peters as she introduces two evenings featuring remarkable Navajo poets whose beautiful words integrate Diné history, language, and culture. This Zoom event … Continue reading Saad Nizhóní (Beautiful Words)
Myrton Running Wolf received praise for his latest short film Soldier. Inspired by true accounts, the story follows two young Lakota sisters — escapees of 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre — as they fight to survive against the U.S. military. Rarely seen in Hollywood, the movie provides a unique perspective of historical American Indian events through a dynamic Native … Continue reading Myrton Running Wolf’s interview on acting and his quest for participation and visibility for American Indians in Hollywood.
The Navajo Nation, spanning over the states of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, is the largest Tribal reservation in the United States, with one of the largest populations of tribal members residing on reservation lands. The Navajo people have maintained their traditional ways despite the encroachments of colonialism and Christianity into their culture, but it’s … Continue reading Navajo Transgender Women’s Journey of Acceptance in Society
After landing the lead Thunder Heart Woman role in Steven Spielberg’s TNT’s Emmy and Golden Globes-winning epic miniseries Into the West, Tonantzin’s career as an actress emerged. Today she has starred in more than 28 films (IMDB source), and serves as a mentor for the Los Angeles-based theater group Native Voices at The Autry, where … Continue reading Getting to know Los Angeles Tongva Actress — Tonantzin Carmelo
My love of this city is shown in the photographs I take. One place in particular that I love is Union Station. I love Union Station for two personal reasons. First, because it’s beautiful and has a deep history to Los Angeles that has been preserved since 1939.
The winner of the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest - My Once Life by Pamela J. Peters
We all can make the collective consciousness to reimagine the way Indians are seen today and I do hope that our "participation" as Americans Indians will be part of the definition of "inclusion" in the Academy of Motion Pictures - soon!
When I began sharing that I was Diné (Navajo), most folks didn’t know what that meant, so I had to say American Indian or Native American. Then I would get a slew of different responses like, “Oh, I thought all Indians were dead.” Or, “You mean like Pocahontas?”
My Once Life is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples.
“For so long, we've had other people tell our stories and document our stories. They've researched us so much they've forgotten we are human beings,” said Peters, who is Diné (Navajo). “It's important for us to have our [own] narrative, to [define] exactly who we are as indigenous people.”