Coleen Kaska, former Havasupai Council member, says, "The water does not say that I belong to you. The water does not say, you know, I’m going to go this way for these people over here. The water has its own source, its own nature. It does not belong to anybody, it belongs to everybody." Photo Deidra Peaches, courtesy of Grand Canyon Trust
|From left to right: Jim Enote (Zuni), Loretta Jackson-Kelly (Hualapai), Leigh Kuwanwisiwma (Hopi), Coleen Kaska, (Havasupai), and Nikki Cooley (Diné). Kuwanwisiwma says in the film, "from the Grand Canyon, the spirits travel throughout the world as clouds." Credit: Deidra Peaches, courtesy of Grand Canyon Trust.|
Native Voices Reframe History in New Grand Canyon Film
With an all-Native cast and production team, “Voices of the Grand Canyon” shifts the storytelling power to Native peoples who, for more than a century, have been excluded from the dominant narrative of Grand Canyon National Park. Their violent treatment and histories of forced removal from the Grand Canyon are mirrored in national parks across the country. The film has run the festival circuit over the last year, but is being released to the public online today for the first time. It won best documentary at the Indie Film Fest in Phoenix in February 2022, has been accepted into a dozen festivals around the world, and will be playing periodically at Grand Canyon National Park’s visitor center on the South Rim.
By Ashley Davidson
Grand Canyon Trust
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona —Deepen your understanding of the United States’ most iconic national park in the new short documentary “Voices of the Grand Canyon,” which launched online today in advance of Grand Canyon National Park’s 104th anniversary on Feb. 26, 2023.