There’s another name for Big Mountain in Northern Arizona: Black Mesa. That name comes from its black, seam-like formations – from the largest coal deposit in the U.S. But the ties to this place for the Navajo and Hopi people run deep, and their struggle to survive and protect their lands is an ongoing story. Film director Camille Summers-Valli spent several winters herding sheep on Big Mountain, and she grittily captures slices of life (and death) on the high-desert plateau in Big Mountain, Diné Bikéyah, showing at Phoenix Art Museum at 2 p.m. on July 10. Tickets cost $10. Visit blackmesafilm.com.
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