The Pueblo Revolt was the only time in US Colonial History that the Native Peoples of an area put aside all of their differences and banded together to oust the European invaders. And they were successful!
The Pueblo Revolt was led by a man from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo named Po'pay.
The story of The Pueblo Revolt is relatively unknown, having been either omitted entirely, or presented as a mere footnote, in US History. The Pueblo Revolt took place in the area surrounding Santa Fe, NM in 1680, 96 years before the American Revolution. The Pueblo Revolt would further impact American history for the next 200 years.
The story begins with the arrival of the Spaniards in 1598 and ends with the installation of the Po'pay Statue into the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, DC in 2005.
The documentary is currently in post-production. I was allowed access and have footage of many dances and ceremonies at the various Pueblo’s, including the Po’pay Run, honoring Omtua and Catua, the first two native casualties of the revolt. I have much of the same of the Spanish Catholic side and interviews with historians and scholars from both sides. See a list of interviews conducted in the links below.
Po'pay was the leader of the Pueblo Revolt
The Pueblo Revolt documentary project was presented publicly for the first time on March 8, 2019 in a multi-media presentation that included projection of B-roll footage, artwork depictions, music and artifacts.
The presentation Revolt in America 96 Years Before the American Revolution was an ArtNight Pasadena grant recipient.
The Pueblo Revolt documentary is currently in post production
In 2007, I began a self-funded documentary film project about the Pueblo Revolt.
In 2008, the economy took a downturn and in 2010 I brought my mother to live in my home and cared for her until she died; while we were on vacation in Santa Fe in 2015. I also took time to production manage two projects about former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the first African American Mayor of a predominantly white city, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race for PBS and Tom Bradley’s Impossible Dream for LAUSD; among other projects and clients.
In late 2018, I was approached by several people who have moved into New Mexico, who have
far more resources than I, inquiring about my Pueblo Revolt project. God bless Mark Mitchell,
at Tesuque Pueblo, who informed them about my project when they began inquiring about the
possibility of making their own documentary. This made me realize, once again, the value of my project and the fact that I cannot do this alone. I need your help to be able to complete this film.
The Pueblo Revolt documentary project originally had 4 executive producers: myself, my mother Mary Sina, and David and Janine Gomez. Mary Sina and Janine Gomez passed away in 2015 and 2016 respectively. David Gomez passed away in January 2020. His last message for me was to finish
The Pueblo Revolt.
Please feel free to peruse the following documents for The Pueblo Revolt documentary project
The Pueblo Revolt was the only time in Colonial history that the Indigenous Peoples of an area put aside all of their differences & banded togeter to oust the European invader, and took place 96 years before the American Revolution.