Gia's Song

Nora Naranjo-Morse

1997, 08:00 minutes, Colour, English


Gia's song was filmed entirely on the Santa Clara Pueblo in northern New Mexico. This short black and white and color video takes a look at the issues of assimilation surrounding traditional Pueblo mud structures and
the onslaught of government issued frame houses. These government issue houses are not unfamiliar to other reservations as they have been cropping up on many reservations across the United States since the early 70's.The collage of images create a visual dichotomy between the traditional methods
of Pueblo architecture and the more modern alternative of cheaply built, Americanized houses for native people. The entire video was shot in slow motion to warp visual time and give importance to the narration. The black and white images were taken from the New Mexico State archives and were done around the early 1900's in northern New Mexico. The narration was written by Naranjo-Morse, a Santa Clara Pueblo woman. The song is sung by Rose Naranjo, a life long resident of Santa Clara Pueblo, now in her eighties. The song, Thung jo (Black Mesa- a sacred mound for the Pueblos.), is an old Tewa song, that dates back to the 1800's. During Rose's youth, she was sent away to boarding school, lonely and afraid, this song of Black Mesa reminded her of her home in Santa Clara.

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