Update on 11/07/08: If you’re looking for a broadcast time for Weaving Worlds, check with PBS at this link.
PBS will be showing Bennie Klain’s Weaving World’s documentary this November as part of their observance of Native American Heritage month. The film was shown at this year’s Austin SXSW Film Festival and depicts the intricate interplay of art, cultutre and economics in Navajo weaving. There is a trailer on YouTube and I found an extensive review by Chale Nafus of the Austin Film Society. From what I’ve read, the film is well done and thought provoking. I’m glad to see Navajo weaving coming to the media in a format that goes beyond a travelogue. I haven’t had a chance to see the film, but two of my friends, Gilbert Begay and Perry Null, appear in the movie. Below, you can see Gilbert with me in a picture taken back in May. We were at a Mini Sheep is Life Celebration in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. Gilbert wove the bag that I’m holding and one of the weaving classes that I coordinated bought the bag for me.