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Sunday, November 9 • 4:10pm - 5:20pm
The Tinaja Trail

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Bryce Newell


For centuries, survival in the unforgiving deserts of the American Southwest has hinged on one’s ability to locate natural cavities or wind-carved cisterns in rocks called tinajas (tee-NAH-hahs). Capturing rain during rare desert storms, these catch-basins are often only inches across, centimeters deep, and teeming with insects and their larvae and are precious, lifesaving treasures to desert-dwelling animals and desert-traversing humans. It seems reproachfully paradoxical, then, that this region would today host the primary trail of hope for thousands of people seeking gainful work and the promise of a brighter future. It’s a desperate journey, one that has cost the lives, and ended the hopes of hundreds of people per year since 1999. It is likewise a politically supercharged arena; a legal, moral and political maelstrom poised like a flame near a tinderbox of sentiment. For years, volunteers have dropped water and aid containers along popular routes of migration and have searched the desert for dying immigrants. In one case, the Transborder Immigrant Tool presents itself as a technological tinaja: an art project that promises to guide migrants to caches of water placed along migratory trails. To some, these are selfless and inspirational efforts that give new and poignant context to the phrase “the Art of Survival.” To others, such action irresponsibly induces illegal border crossing, tantamount to aiding and abetting unlawful conduct. From the perspectives of both the undocumented migrants and the aid-givers, the Art of Survival provides a compelling tale of life and death on the Tinaja Trail.



documentary feature


Sunday November 9, 2014 4:10pm - 5:20pm PST
Main Theater Columbia Center for the Arts 215 Cascade Street Hood River, OR

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