Window Rock, Ariz. (AP) — An iconic Western starring Clint Eastwood has been dubbed into the Navajo language.
In the Navajo the film, “A Fistful of Dollars” or “Biso Dah Yinizah,” will be shown for free this month on or near reservations spread across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
A premiere for the cast and crew is scheduled for November 16 at the movie theater in Window Rock, Arizona. Limited seats are available for members of the public who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and consent to on-site rapid testing.
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” came out in 2016 as a way to preserve the Navajo language.
“A Fistful Dollar” was supposed to release last year, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed it back. Eastwood plays a man with no name who enters a Mexican village in the midst of a power struggle between families.
Navajo Nation Museum director Manuelito Wheeler said a Western film has been a popular request among Navajo elders.
“It only makes sense for him to make a movie because he is the primary speaker of the Navajo,” Wheeler said Wednesday. “I know they’ll have a great time watching it.”
For the film the museum worked closely with the New York-based Kino Lorber Film Distribution Company and the indigenously owned Native Stars Studio in Gallup, New Mexico. It has an all-Navajo cast of voice actors.