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"Canyon Song"

A Navajo family balances modern life with the traditional "Navajo Way," teaching their children their language, culture and ceremony within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Canyon Song will show at the 4th Annual Native Film Series August 12th & 13th at the historic El Morro Theatre in Gallup, New Mexico. The Native Film Series strives to provide a stage for Native American filmmakers to tell their stories.

The short film is an excerpt from the National Park Experience series produced by PBS in honor of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial celebrations.

About the film:

Within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, two young sisters, Tonisha and Tonielle Draper, learn about their Navajo culture and history. Above the rim, the girls compete in “royalty” pageants by singing songs in Navajo. While their lives reflect many of the familiar aspects of a modern American family, they keep close ties to the land and work hard to teach their children the Navajo Way.

This film illustrates the sacredness of a people and a place, the effort to define identities in both modern and traditional worlds, and the movement to honor Navajo culture for generations to come—all while reminding viewers of the critical role national parks play in preserving our country’s greatest stories, cultures, and landscapes.

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The Native Film Series will show Canyon Song at 1 and 4 p.m. on August 13.

All films are free and open to the public; any and all proceeds will be donated to the Gallup Solar, Inc

Watch the Canyon Song film in its entirety below: