Zuya (The Journey)

  • Filmmaker(s) :

    Ariel Waskewitch

  • Original title : Zuya (The Journey)
  • Duration : 06:00
  • Year : 2017
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Community : Stoney
  • Nation : Iyarhe Nakoda
  • Workshop : Stoney


Zuya is about the journey of a young Nakoda woman and her attempt to strike a balance between a more traditional lifestyle and the modern world around her. In the film we see this balance taking place through images of her dancing in traditional regalia as well as her involvement in the United Nations 16th forum on Indigenous Issues. This film is also about her personal experiences with depression and self-doubt, both of which are addressed through perseverance, her cultural practices, and participation in international advocacy for Indigenous peoples.

Film crew

Director Ariel Waskewitch in collaboration with the Wapikoni team Camera Trad Poucette, Soloman Chiniquay, Ariel Waskewitch Camera Assistant Zoey Amos Editing Julia Hutchings, Brianne Nord-Stewart Sound recording Sebastien Tremblay, Soloman Chiniquay Original music Daryl Kootenay, Ariel Waskewitch Filmmakers Mentors Julia Hutchings, Brianne Nord-Stewart Youth outreach worker Sebastien Tremblay, Zoey Roy Assistant filmmaker Jemmy Echaquan Local coordinator Daryl Kootenay Acknowledgements Stoney Nakoda Audio Visual Club