Waila! Making the People Happy

Waila! Making the People Happy


Waila! Making the People Happy explores the relationship music has on contemporary native family, community, and culture. Played at tribal functions, this fun lively music offers a little relief from the hardships of reservation life. Often called “chicken scratch,” Waila, the contemporary dance music of southern Arizona’s tribal communities is told through the Joaquin families three generations of Waila musicians. Waila music reinforces the strength of family and community; it is music for everyone.

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Home DVD, Educational DVD, Home Streaming, Educational Streaming

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Program Length: 27 minutes
Production Staff: Producer, Director, Co-Editor: Dan Golding (Quechan), Hokan Media Productions
Production Company: Hokan Media, LLC
Format: DVD & Digital Download
Public Broadcast Release: March 2009




Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.