"The Cherokee Word for Water" Film Screening in LR

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A film screening in the capital city next week will present "The Cherokee Word For Water."

It's a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of "gadugi" - working together to solve a problem. 

Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, the Bell Waterline Project engaged a community of volunteers to build nearly 20 miles of waterline. 

The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day. 

The screening is on Thursday, March 20 at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 East Third Street. The evening begins at 5 with an hour-long reception, followed by the film screening and then a question and answer session with Director/Producer Charlie Soap and Writer/Producer Kristina Kiehl.

Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling (501) 683-5239. 

The Cherokee word for water is "ama." The photo attached to this page is Cherokee spelling for "ama."

Click here to learn more about the film.

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