A recent documentary was released on PBS, showcasing tribal women of New Mexico Pueblos.
The one-hour presentation, “A Thousand Voices,” focuses on women who carry forth the collective memory, traditions and beliefs of their ancestral families, clans and tribal communities. Each woman tells a story deeply rooted to her culture. . . and the “thousand voices” that precede her.
The film shatters stereotypes and features interviews with women from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambé and San Ildefonso.
The story is told by women of the various New Mexico tribes — from artists, politicians and professors.
From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” the voices of strong tribal women mingle, lead the viewer through the history of Spanish, Mexican and United States invasions of the American Southwest.
Back then, women were thought of as the leaders of the tribe.
“It was the woman’s decision whether to go to war with other tribes. Those were her babies going to fight,” said Rose B. Simpson, from Santa Clara Pueblo.