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Weaving Worlds

Weaving Worlds is an intimate and engrossing portrait of the Navajo Indians' economic and cultural survival through art. The documentary traces the history of Navajo rug weavers and their role within the global economy. Told from the weavers' point of view, Weaving Worlds turns a keen and compassionate eye toward indigenous artists and their struggle to maintain pride and cultural vitality through their textiles. Contemporary Navajo weavers speak about the importance of weaving traditions, or Nahadzààn Hadilneeh, to Navajo culture. Weaving Worlds illuminates the rich visual experience of this native craft by combining shots of the Navajo reservation with scenes of Navajo women weaving delicate motifs into colorful rugs. Through interviews and oral histories, the program also explores the relationship between weaving and family relations and the sometimes controversial interdependency between Indigenous artisans and Anglo traders.