Tó éí ‘iiná até is Navajo for ‘Water is Life,’ and is the name of an upcoming documentary produced by Deidre Peaches and Jake Hoyungowa. I spoke with them about their documentary which explores the sacredness of water and the effects of industrialization on Native communities in the southwest of what is now known as the United States.
Here is an excerpt from the film’s website (which you can visit by clicking here):
Our documentary explores the sacredness of water and how the industrialization of the Navajo Nation continues to disrupt our traditional way of life. We feel it is important for our audience to visually experience a piece of the Navajo Way Of Life. It is vital to the documentary to include the connection between Navajo Mythology and the importance of the lands that have been desecrated by industrial development.
Many Navajo families do not have access to potable running water and are forced to haul unregulated and untreated water for their daily needs. Many elderly Navajo’s are forced to allow livestock to drink from toxic water sources, thus contributing to numerous health risks among families throughout the Navajo Reservation.
From a youth perspective we’re telling a story of a Navajo Philosophy that is being endangered by an overwhelming change in politics, resource management and modern society. We understand the obligations our ancestors passed onto us and have devoted much of our time to tell this story about our people.
Deep Green Philly mp3 Podcast – Water Is Life Documentary
Music credit: BC Campbell
To’ ei ‘iina ate’ (Water is Life) Teaser Trailer from Paper Rocket Productions on Vimeo.