Naat'áanii (the Musical)
Naat'áanii is a musical and visual exploration of the cultural ideologies between the traditional Diné values and modern western values from an arts perspective. Naat'áanii is a young Navajo who finds himself growing up in a family split between the traditional and the contemporary. He falls in love with a traditional woman and grows up confused between artistically expressing himself through the urban dance he loves and the traditional dance his family loves. This conflict leads to him turning his back on his reservation life and searching for what he perceives as adventure and dance in the biggest city in the world, New York. In New York he meets a dance mentor, falls in love again with both dance and a fellow dancer and then loses it all to an equalizer of both city and reservation youth – drug abuse. What he loses when he loses it “all” he gains in understanding of himself and the world around him. He eventually finds his way back home with a much better understanding and love for his land and most importantly: himself.