Rapheal Begay (Diné) is a photographer and curator from the Navajo Nation. Currently based in Window Rock, AZ, he serves as a Public Information Officer for the Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources Administration.
As a storyteller, Begay invites us to view his surroundings and observe the inspiration, beauty, blessings, teachings, and history that it contains. This video is closely related to his series, “A Vernacular Response,” that represents everyday moments and diverse aspects of the Navajo Nation.
In support of the visual legacy of the Diné way of life, the documentation of environment creates a moment that celebrates and interrogates its source of creation. As a form of contemporary Navajo storytelling, Begay’s series also acts as a (re)collection of intimate moments tied to his own understanding and relationship to his surroundings.
Video Credit: Rapheal Begay, “A moment from home,” 2021, video and sound, 3 minutes 5 seconds.
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