Published August 20, 20
TSAILE, ARIZONA – The life stories of four Navajo elders are featured in student-made documentary films to be premiered at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona on Monday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. in the College Museum on the fourth floor of the Ned Hatathli Center.
Six Diné College students collaborated with 11 students from Winona State University to research, interview, photograph and video record Navajo elders over a 19-day period between May-June 2015. The students, participating in the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project, wrote, edited and produced documentary films that will be archived at the Navajo Nation Museum and Library, as well as, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The premiere will feature commentary from faculty and students of both Diné College and Winona State University. The reception and premiere event is free and open to the public.
This year’s films focuses on 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.
The documentaries were part of a collaborative project led by Dr. Miranda Haskie, a professor of social and behavioral science at Diné College, and Dr. Tom Grier and Robbie Christiano from the mass communication department of Winona State University.
During the sixth year of the Navajo Oral History Project, student teams completed service projects for the elders and interviewed each elder several times. They also interviewed family members and did background research while on the Navajo Nation.
DVD copies of the student-produced films will be available for sale for $20 each with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund at Diné College.
The Diné College students involved in the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project are:
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
The Winona State University students involved in the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project are:
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