WINDOW ROCK, Arizona (AP) – The famous Western starring Clint Eastwood has been dubbed into Navajo.
A Fistful of Dollars or Béeso Dah Yiníłjaa in Navajo will be shown free of charge this month on a reservation that stretches to or near Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The cast and crew are slated to premiere on November 16 at Window Rock, Arizona. Restricted spaces are available to members of the public who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and agree to take a rapid onsite test.
The 1964 Western is the third major film available in the Navajo language. “Star Wars. Episode IV: A New Hope was released in 2013 and Finding Nemo was released in 2016 as a way to preserve the Navajo language.
A Fistful of Dollars was slated for release last year, but the coronavirus pandemic has set it back. Eastwood plays a man with no name who enters a Mexican village amid a power struggle between families.
Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo People’s Museum, said the western-style film is very popular with Navajo elders.
“It makes sense to make a movie for them as they are the main native speakers of the Navajo language,” Wheeler said Wednesday. “I know they will have a great time watching this.”
The museum teamed up with New York-based film distribution company Kino Lorber and the indigenous studio Native Stars in Gallup, New Mexico to create the film. It features voice actors across all Navajo.