The history and spirituality of the Indigenous People of the American Southwest are deeply rooted in the Land. Since the beginning of time, they have been stewards and protectors of their home lands, past and present. These places intimately connect the People and their beliefs to the natural world. No place is ever abandoned, the landscape is forever living. This is their story, of the Land and who they are.
Pamela Pierce – Producer
Lisa Lucas – Associate Producer
Matthew Martinez, Ohkay Owingeh – Historian, Associate Producer
Jhane Myers, Comanche/Blackfeet – Associate Producer
Maura Dhu Studi – Writer, Associate Producer
David Aubrey – Director
Defending the Fire is an Official Selection of NatiVisions Film Festival, October 3-5, 2019.
Defending the Fire is an Official Selection for the Flagship season of the Four Corners Film Festival in Farmington, NM.
This project’s purpose is to educate those in and out of New Mexico, including elected officials and non-Native Americans, about the urgency to protect tribal lands. The project includes a network-worthy documentary film as well as student and teacher filmmaking workshops. Always, the message is: All land is sacred.
Defending the Fire is an official selection of the 2018 Pocahontas Reframed: Storytellers Film Festival and was screened on Sunday, November 18 at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Virginia. pocahontasreframed.com