Smoke Songs

A Native American punk-rock band with a message.
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Film Length(s)
20 mins
Closed captioning available
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Blackfire: a Native American punk-rock band with a message attempt to transfer their dark history of forced relocation, racism, and human rights violations, into a form of creative expression and youth empowerment.

Featured review

This documentary presents a story where there is an opportunity to dream big. Native youth can do these things, travel, pursue music— if they put their hearts to it.
Megan Red Shirt-Shaw Admissions
University of Pennsylvania


Punk rock and human rights don’t necessarily share a common cause but for the family band Blackfire, their music and their message are integral parts of a solid identity. Born in the Navajo Nation, Arizona, the band mix electric guitars with traditional chanting and rhythms. Including high-energy concert scenes, stunning cinematography, and intelligent conversations on the issues facing Native American youth, this rock documentary tells the personal lives of one family and a band fighting for what they believe in.


Depicts the juxtaposition of the old and the new—of traditional art forms and modern punk rock—as young Navajos struggle to maintain important elements of their ancestral culture.
Richard Feinberg
Professor of Anthropology Kent State University
An intimate glimpse of a family band creating songs as a tool for positive social communication and cultural change from lingering discrimination.
Richard Moyle Honorary Research Professor
Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, Professor, Queensland Conservatorium of Music Research Centre, Griffith University

Awards and Screenings

“National Finalist” Student Academy Awards
“Finalist” Angelus Student Awards
“Finalist” Angelus Student Awards
“Nominee” IDA David L.Wolper Award

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Film Features

  • Closed Captioning

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