Emergence Magazine

Water Flows Together

by Palmer Morse, Taylor Graham and Matt Mikkelsen

Water Flows Together elevates the importance of acknowledging Indigenous land in outdoor recreation through the voice of Colleen Cooley, one of the few female Diné (Navajo) river guides on the San Juan River. In sharing Colleen’s perspective, we are given a glimpse into Native views on issues of water resource management, which are often missing from larger discussions of western water challenges. The filmmakers would like to acknowledge that this film was produced on the traditional lands of the Diné, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni peoples and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

Director & Producer

Taylor Graham is a multimedia storyteller, Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, and National Geographic Explorer who documents the impacts of climate change on water resources. His films include The Women of Kunda Basti, Kumik and the Glacier, and Water Flows Together.

Director & Producer

Palmer Morse is an award-winning filmmaker, co-founder of Spruce Tone Films, and the in-house video producer at the Oakland Museum of California. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, and Outside Magazine. His films include Detroit Hives, Constant Thought, Being Hear, Dew Drop, and Water Flows Together.

Director & Producer

Matthew Mikkelsen is a sound recordist, audio engineer, and documentary filmmaker. He is co-founder of Spruce Tone Films and executive director of Wilderness Quiet Parks for Quiet Parks International. He’s the co-director of Being Hear, Venture Out, and Water Flows Together.


Directed & Produced by Taylor Graham, Palmer Morse, Matt Mikkelsen, & Colleen Cooley
Editing by Palmer Morse
Music by Ben Sollee
Sound by Matt Mikkelsen

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