NORTHERN ARIZONA – 4 Corner Film Logistics is spearheading an effort to document and make available in an open-source format archival footage of the confluence of the Colorado River and the Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. This iconic and majestic part of the Grand Canyon is currently under threat of development, so at a bare minimum, our goal is to document this place for future generations. And yes, I did say threat of development. While you may be wondering how the heck someone is going to develop something in a National Park, it turns out that the Eastern rim of the Grand Canyon is on the Navajo Nation. This means that it is NOT inside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park, and developers have learned of this detail. These developers are currently working to court the Navajo into letting them build a tramway from Confluence Point down to the confluence of the rivers.
If you think this sounds like a terrible idea, you’re not alone in thinking that. There are a number of impacts such a development would have, but the scary part is that development would set a precedent for future developments – In other words, it just the tip of the iceberg. Many Navajo Elders have realized this, and have made an exception for us to travel to confluence point, one of their most sacred sites, so that we may document it and tell their story. The Elders realize that non-navajo people are not supposed to be out there, but they also realized that they need our help to prevent the development of the tramway.
For more information on the fight to save the confluence, visit savetheconfluence.com
Many thanks to Rene Yellowhorse for being our tour guide, sharing her clan’s story with us, and allowing us to visit Confluence Point.