Shawna Begay (Navajo) is a
director and film editor, currently on the faculty of the New
Media Arts department at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
During her tenure as a graduate student, Begay worked as a paid
intern in Warner Brothers' Animation Post Production department,
wrote for the Navajo Times, and edited a number of student films.
Earlier she produced an educational film contrasting the sacred
tribal and harmful commercial uses of tobacco entitled Sacred
Smoke for the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. She received an
MFA in editing and sound design from Chapman University in 2007.
Image credit: Audience
at Club Red Radio, 2000 Native American Film and Video Festival
- Photograph by Amalia Córdova, NMAI