Navajo ancestry has been traced to northwest Canada but they adapted well to their new desert environment. They resisted encroachment on their land by both the Spanish and the Americans, but eventually were defeated and transported.
The title and description given do not match the contents very well.
I think this is supposed to be a children's film, because of the simplistic version of Diné (Navajo) history that was presented. However, the boy narrator with a Midwestern accent seemed out of place, and was a bit distracting...couldn't they have found a Navajo child to narrate?
Unfortunately, this film hit of the most common pitfalls for non-Native people making films about Native cultures: when they discussed Navajo religion, agriculture, weaving, and other practices, they referred to these things in the past tense -- ie, Navajos "used to" believe this, or do that -- all the while showing film clips of modern Navajo people doing these things! Navajo culture is still vibrant and clearly is very much alive, so any film or narrator who talks about it like it's dead loses some credibility.
Finally, I objected to the migration theory of how the Navajo arrived in their current homeland being presented as fact. It hasn't been proven, and it contradicts the Navajo creation story (note to filmmaker: It's more respectful to call it a "creation story" than a "myth"), so presenting it as fact could be seen as disrespectful to Navajo people and their beliefs.
This documentary is so disrespectful using a little boy to narrate such a life changing genocidal event for the Navajo people to undergo. Navajo's were pushed off their land; And many herded to Florida of all places.
Like many other Indians Navajo's we're forced to undergo the American Death Camps. Later having their lives language religion and culture almost Decimated.
Having a child narrate these tragic events is obviously a twisted tactic to down-play the seriousness of this situation; Murdering countless men women and children all because they were Indian and did not want to be flushed from their land and we're prepared to fight to the death for their blood rights!
They wouldn't use a little boy to narrate a documentary about concentration camps. And they should not use one for talking about the life and injustices of Native Americans people either!!
Why didn't they use Wes Studi to Narrate this documentary? as he narrated others in this very same series. Hint Hint Wes Studi is Indian and a wonderful narrator!