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Students from Diné College and Winona State University film Navajo elders for the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project.

Students to Premiere Navajo Oral History Documentaries


The life stories of four Navajo elders are featured in student-made documentary films that will be premiered at Diné college in Tsaile, Arizona on September 14 at 5 p.m. in the College Museum.

Diné College students collaborated with Winona State University students to research, interview, photograph and record the elders over 19 days in May and June to complete the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project. Their films will be archived at the Navajo Nation Museum of the American Indian.

This year’s films feature Louva Dahozy, a community leader, educator and broadcaster from Ft. Defiance, Arizona; Tony Goldtooth Sr., a Navajo language and culture professor from Shiprock, New Mexico; Peggy Scott, a retired teacher and community activist from Chinle, Arizona; and Bill Toldeo, a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, from Torreon, New Mexico.

DVD copies of the films will be available for $20 with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund at Diné College.

Diné College students involved with the films include:

Kyle Brown, Lukachukai, Arizona

Kaitlyn Haskie, Lukachukai, Arizona

Anna Shepherd, Chilchinbeto, Arizona

Brandon Tayah, Chinle, Arizona

Stephanie Tsosie, Low Mountain, Arizona

Shelly Wheeler, Lukachukai, Arizona

Winona State University students involved with the films include:

Jordan Gerard, a journalism major from Spring Grove, Minnesota

Jacob Hilsabeck, a photojournalism major from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Reagan Johnson, a transmedia major from Randolph, Wisconsin

Kacie Mann, a public relations major from Maple Grove, Minnesota

Tobias Mann, a journalism major from Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Nate Nelson, a computer science and mass communication major from Corvallis, Oregon

Taylor Nyman, a photography and digital imaging major from Monroe Center, Illinois

Casie Rafferty, a journalism major from Winona, Minnesota

Kim Schneider, a journalism major from Roseville, Minnesota

Samantha Stetzer, a journalism major from Holmen, Wisconsin

Ben Strand, a journalism major from Burnsville, Minnesota

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