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Weaving Worlds (2007)

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In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker BENNIE KLAIN takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their ... See full summary »

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In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker BENNIE KLAIN takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their struggles for self-sufficiency. Highlighting untold stories and colorful characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs, WEAVING WORLDS explores the lives of Navajo artisans and their unique-and often controversial-relationship with Reservation traders. The film artfully relates the Navajo concepts of kinship and reciprocity with the human and cultural connections to sheep, wool, water, and the land, showing how indigenous artisans struggle for cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in the face of globalization by creating their textiles and "reweaving the world." Written by Bennie Klain

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Navajo tales of how the West was spun.

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Excellent documentary
30 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Weaving Worlds is an outstanding film in so many ways. Unlike the vast majority of films (including documentaries) about American Indians, it does little to romanticize its subject, instead offering a realistic portrait of both the beauty of Navajo weaving and the life of the weavers themselves. The interviews are uncommonly honest and clearly the weavers (mostly elder women, many Navajo monolinguals) were comfortable with the filmmakers in a way that is almost never found with American Indian subjects. Could the reason be that the director himself is Navajo? A truer picture of Navajo weaving and contemporary life may never appear.


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