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December 2009  Volume 4

"In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman"
authentic account of the Longest Walk
By Brenda Norrell
Condensed by Native Village

Navajo Nation -- It is a story that the United States does not want told. Now, with authentic images and story, a young Navajo woman is telling it.

Camille Manybeads Tso was 13 years old when she wrote and directed the film "In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman." She tells the story of her great-great-great grandmother, Yellow Woman, as told to her by her  grandmother, Mae Tso.

Mae Tso tells how young Navajo women with their babies were constantly running from the Calvary in the 1860s. They hid in the rocks and caves of Black Mesa. Aftercapture, they were forced on the Longest Walk and driven by gunpoint across the swift Rio Grande. Babies and elderly were swept away.

After a harsh and cruel imprisonment at Fort Sumner, N.M., Navajos eventually returned to their homeland.

Throughout her brilliant film, Manybeads Tso reveals a genesis for Hitler's concentration camps.

"In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman," honors the memories of thousands of Navajos who died on the Longest Walk and inside Fort Sumner. It honors the courage and fortitude of young Navajo women who survived with their children, and today's Navajo who continue the struggle to protect and defend Black Mesa.

With music by Blackfire, Brent Michaels David and Radmilla Cody, "In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman," is a moving tribute to the legacy of survival.

Camille Manybeads Tso was trained through the Native youth media project from "Outta Your Backpack Media."  Hopefully, her art of storytelling with film will give birth to a new generation of filmmakers: Native youths telling their histories with clarity, passion and excellence.

"Footsteps" video clip:

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