“WHO ARE MY PEOPLE?”
“Who Are My People?” to date, the only film to address the siting and construction of utility scale renewable energy facilities in California’s Mojave Desert, focuses on unique cultural sites that would be lost, and the cultural significance of these sites to Native Americans, if the renewable energy projects moved forward as planned. The film raises the profile of the obligation the federal government has under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to consult with tribes whose ancestral lands will be impacted by these renewable energy projects. According to Bill Powers P.E., the film “…played a major role in delaying or stopping some of the most damaging projects in the Blythe Area.”
The film follows four Native American elders, Alfredo Figueroa (Chemehuevi/Yaqui), Reverend Ron Van Fleet (Mojave Hereditary Chief), Phillip Smith (Chemehuevi), and Preston Arrow-Weed (Quechan), as they seek to preserve cultural resources, including large geoglyphs, some over 200 feet long, popularized by author Erich Von Daniken, in “Chariots of the Gods.”
According to Alfredo Figueroa, Chemehuevi Cultural Monitor and elder historian, the sites in question relate to the creation story of Uto-Aztecan peoples, and their descendence from the stars. Tribes from the Hokan and Yuman language traditions refer to images of the Creator, known as Mastamho in the Mojave language.
Documentary Feature | USA | 53:54 mins.