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Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute

Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute

Presented by: Patagonia
47 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute tells the untold story of America’s longest-lived water war between the Owens Valley Paiute and the City of Los Angeles. Using in-depth interviews, 2-d animation, and archival footage and photography, Paya documents the history of the Owens Valley Paiute who constructed and managed 60 square miles of intricate irrigation systems for millennia, long before Los Angeles diverted the Owens River through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 220 miles across the Mojave Desert. 

Using archival maps from 1856, the filmmakers spent four years working with Paiute elders to locate and map their remnant irrigation systems using GIS technology, ultimately laying the foundation for a ‘first use’ water rights case now underway. Paya is currently being used by the Owens Valley Paiute and the Native American and academic communities nationally to mobilize tribes.

Patagonia will offer snacks and drinks to film-goers. A panel of tribal elders will discuss the film and the current status of the war for water still being waged today. Bring a friend! This event is free to the public. 

Doors open at 7:00pm; film begins at 7:30pm. 

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