Waaki - Sanctuary

Victor Masayesva, Jr. | Documentary Feature
Canada| 2019 | 56 min
Canadian Premiere

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 1:00pm
Victor Masayesva, Jr. Retrospective/Dawson: Making Meaning
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Looking at how the Creation stories of the Hopi, Nahua and Maya give them a special connection to maize/corn, synthesized in the statement, “We are corn”. There are many songs, displays and ceremonial practices that affirm this connection. Waaki looks deeper into the world community and how it is connected to maize/corn – what are the interrelationships that exist and celebrates the human capacity for tolerance and compassion in a time when people are becoming more intolerant of difference.


Born in 1951 Hopi visual storyteller Victor Masayesva, Jr. has created some of the most evocative Indigenous images through his photography and visual narratives. He presents culture and traditions; particularly the Hopi through poetic visualizations and by animating lyrical translations of Hopi stories, ceremonies and history. He articulates the richness of his people and their culture in his own language.