The life stories of four Navajo elders are featured in student-made documentary films that will be premiered at Diné college in Tsaile, Arizona on September 14 at 5 p.m. in the College Museum.
Diné College students collaborated with Winona State University students to research, interview, photograph and record the elders over 19 days in May and June to complete the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project. Their films will be archived at the Navajo Nation Museum of the American Indian.
This year’s films feature Louva Dahozy, a community leader, educator and broadcaster from Ft. Defiance, Arizona; Tony Goldtooth Sr., a Navajo language and culture professor from Shiprock, New Mexico; Peggy Scott, a retired teacher and community activist from Chinle, Arizona; and Bill Toldeo, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, from Torreon, New Mexico.
DVD copies of the films will be available for $20 with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund at Diné College.
Diné College students involved with the films include:
Kyle Brown, Lukachukai, Arizona
Kaitlyn Haskie, Lukachukai, Arizona
Anna Shepherd, Chilchinbeto, Arizona
Brandon Tayah, Chinle, Arizona
Stephanie Tsosie, Low Mountain, Arizona
Shelly Wheeler, Lukachukai, Arizona
Students involved in the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project from Diné College and Winona State University.
Winona State University students involved with the films include:
Jordan Gerard, a journalism major from Spring Grove, Minnesota
Jacob Hilsabeck, a photojournalism major from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Reagan Johnson, a transmedia major from Randolph, Wisconsin
Kacie Mann, a public relations major from Maple Grove, Minnesota
Tobias Mann, a journalism major from Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Nate Nelson, a computer science and mass communication major from Corvallis, Oregon
Taylor Nyman, a photography and digital imaging major from Monroe Center, Illinois
Casie Rafferty, a journalism major from Winona, Minnesota
Kim Schneider, a journalism major from Roseville, Minnesota
Samantha Stetzer, a journalism major from Holmen, Wisconsin
Ben Strand, a journalism major from Burnsville, Minnesota