Weaving Worlds

As the first character introduced in Weaving Worlds at her home in Chinle, Ariz., weaver Zonnie Gilmore shows viewers sheep shearing and takes them to the disappointing results of the first few bids at the Crownpoint rug auction.

Visual Anthropology Review

"This film is an excellent resource for teaching and learning about Navajo culture, capitalism and Native American history and is a "must see" for all Native Americans." --Beverly R. Singer, University of Mexico; American Indian Quarterly | Read the full review

A compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art. The film artfully relates the Navajo concepts of kinship and reciprocity with the human and cultural connections to sheep, wool, water and land in the world of contemporary Navajo weavers struggling for self-sufficiency.

TricksterFilms makes modern-day fables that address and challenge cultural norms, tackling humanity with an irreverent twist.

Leighton is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Miami University and a producer for TricksterFilms and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT). Leighton is the producer of the documentary film Weaving Worlds.

Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain is founding partner of Austin, Texas‐based production company TricksterFilms.

Bennie Klain is excited.

This is evident in the first words that pour out of his mouth when asked about his latest film, Weaving Worlds, being accepted to the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival. Adding to the excitement is the fact that the festival will be held in Austin, Texas, Bennie’s hometown.

 
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