Central Fire

Central Fire

Film Session(s)

10 minutes, United States, 2016



We feel that our mainstream, Western culture has something valuable to experience and learn from Indigenous lifeways, and from the often silenced and marginalized stories of Indigenous people. This film is an expression of the beauty we found in the life, home, and traditional healing methodology of our friend Marie Gladue.

Marie recounts the historic struggle of the Long Walk, a forced relocation of the Dine' (Navajo) tribe by the United States government between 1864-1866. Now, more than 150 years later, echoes of the trauma inflicted during this historic walk and subsequent internment at Bosque Redondo near Fort Sumner, NM are still reverberating.

Despite this assault on Dine' culture and lifeways, their Indigenous methodology survived. Today, this worldview provides relevant inspiration for the most challenging issues of our time. This short film gives a taste of sacred reciprocity and relationship with the traditional Dine' landscape as a source of healing and resilience.


Director(s): Pete & Hilary Giovale

Producer(s): -