The Avanyu, or water serpent, is a powerful deity of the Tewa people. It is revered as a guardian of water whose curved spine suggests a flowing river. For the Tewa in New Mexico, the river is life. And to Louie Hena and his family it is where they make their living. In this short film, take a trip down the Rio Grande with Louie and his family in their Native Culture Feast and Float to learn about their connection to this Wild and Scenic stretch of water. Created by National Park Experience for American Rivers with support from YETI in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Act.
Dana Romanoff, Director/Producer/Director of Photography/Writer
Amy Marquis, Co-Director/Co-Producer/Editor/Writer
Chuck Smith, Editor/Cinematographer
Sinjin Eberle/American Rivers, Executive Producer