The Cherokee Word for Water – Now Playing

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 18th, 2013 Last Updated on: December 18th, 2013

The Cherokee Word For Water is 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.

Watch the trailer for the movie below.

Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and fullblood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly twenty miles of waterline using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. 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.

Watch the Trailer

Please visit the film's website at www.cw4w.com to find showtimes.  Don't worry if you don't see your city listed. You can bring the movie to you!  Find out more on how to host a screening in a theater or community event near you.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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[…] community development projects for benefiting her Cherokee neighbors. In 1983, she was appointed as Cherokee Nation’s deputy principal chief, and two years later she became modern Cherokee Nation’s first female […]

Will Nahdee


Will Nahdee

Hello’ when is this movie available on dvd? its been mths since it came out should be available by now? Please let me know? Thanks,


hey there will it be showen in europe i live in dublin ireland


Is this movie goin to be avaible to buy in stores or on line on dvd..cuz i wud love to buy this movie…just wonderin

Dawn White

I would like to host a showing of this film in a theatre near Danville Illinois. How would I go about this?
Thank you,

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