Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
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2011 Navajo oral history documentary film premieres Oct. 10

The life stories of four Navajo elders are featured in student-made documentary films that will be premiered at Diné College on Monday, Oct. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Classroom of the Ned Hatathli Center at Diné College's Tsaile, Ariz., campus.

Five students from Diné College collaborated with seven students from Winona State University of Winona, Minn., to research, interview, photograph and video record Navajo elders over a 16-day period in June 2011. The students, participating in the 2011 Navajo Oral History project, wrote, edited and produced documentary films that will be archived at the Navajo Nation Museum and Library. This is the third year of the documentary journalism project.

This year's films feature Mitzie Begay, a Navajo cultural liaison at Tséhootsooí Medical Center from Ft. Defiance, Ariz.; Jack Jackson, Sr., a former Arizona State Senator from Navajo, N.M.; Keith Little, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II from Crystal, N.M.; and Harold Morgan, Legislative Assistant to the Navajo Tribal Council for nearly 30 years from Sawmill, Ariz.

The documentaries were part of a collaborative project led by Dr. Miranda Haskie of Diné College and Dr. Tom Grier of Winona State University.

Student teams completed service projects for the Navajo elders and interviewed each elder several times. They also interviewed friends, colleagues and family members of the elders and did background research while on the Navajo Nation.

After the premiere event, short versions of the films will be available for viewing on the WSU Mass Communication department's news lab web site:

The premiere will include comments from the elders, faculty and students involved, including several visiting students from Winona State.

Light refreshments will be served before the presentation of the films. The reception and premiere event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Miranda Haskie via email:

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