Songs of The Colorado
- Academic events
- Diversity and inclusion
- Open to the public
Songs of the Colorado is a documentary film that tells the story of the traditional songs of the Yuman-speaking people and how those songs connect them, through story, language and history.
At least 10 Indigenous tribes along the Colorado River and across the border in Mexico speak the Yuman language, including the Cucapa, Havasupai, Quechan, Mojave, Maricopa, Kumeyaay, Ipai/Tipai and Yapavai. It is believed to be one of the oldest languages on the continent.
Unfortunately, because younger generations are not learning the language and elders who do speak it are slowly passing away, the language is at risk of being lost–And with it, the unique songs and stories of all Yuman-speaking people.
For the first time, Songs of the Colorado brought together tribal singers from both sides of the border to share and discuss issues around preserving the songs.
Daniel will share clips of the film and discuss the songs connection to tribes on both sides of the Mexico/ U.S. border and the importance of continuing our cultural connection.