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The Cherokee Word for Water

Kelly, Tim, (filmmaker). Soap, Charlie, (filmmaker). Kamama Films (Firm), (Distributor). Kanopy (Firm), (Distributor).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (102 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kamama Films , 2013.

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General Note:
Title from title frames.
In Process Record.
Participant or Performer Note:
Kimberly Guerrero, Mo Brings Plenty, Steve Reevis, Darryl Tonemah, Zahn McClarnon, Deanna Dunagan, Wilma Mankiller, Gloria Steinem, Kristian Kiehl, Charlie Soap
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Originally produced by Kamama Films in 2013.
Summary, etc.:
Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, THE CHEROKEE WORD FOR WATER shares the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of ́gadugi ́́ working together to solve a problem.. Set in the early 1980s, the film begins in the homes of a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. Told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, these leaders join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers.. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day. The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller's vision, compassion and incredible grace.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language Note:
In English
Subject: Motion pictures.
Race relations.
Genre: Independent Film
Feature films.

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