Protect Film


Deidra Peaches

Paper Rocket Productions

Yá’át’ééh! My name is Deidra Peaches, I am the Director of Protect. I am a self-taught, full-time Diné filmmaker. Born in Flagstaff, Arizona, I am Todích’íí’nii (Bitter Water) born for Lók’aa’ dine’é (Reed People). I am a gifted storyteller. My Nalí (Paternal-Grandfather) would say, “The gift you have is not only for you, but it is also to be shared with everyone.” Throughout my years of creating digital content, I’ve noticed the effect video has on the human psyche and the importance of Native-made content. 

Storytelling is a tool humanity has utilized to ensure the preservation of identity and culture. For Indigenous People, our identity is rooted in our long-standing connections with the environment. Our culture and stories are the foundation, to educate, share spiritual knowledge and reaffirm our connection to one another and the universe. I envision a future where Native peoples’ epistemologies are accepted and respected. I hope my films have a lasting impression for Native and Non-Native audiences, with the intent to combat toxic stereotypes and misconceptions while reflecting and celebrating the vastness of Native culture. 

Sakya Colsayas

Paper Rocket Productions

Jake Hoyungowa

Paper Rocket Productions

Julie Maldonado

Executive Producer
(Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network) LiKEN

Julie is a public anthropologist and serves as the Associate Director of the Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN), a non-profit link-tank between communities, scholars and practitioners for policy-relevant research to steward place, culture, and land. In this capacity, she organized the 2016 Protect Our Public Lands Tour: For a Just and Renewable Energy Future, from which the PROTECT film was born. 

Julie is the Co-Director of the Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences program, in joint partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR/NCAR), a consultant with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals to support Tribes’ climate change adaptation planning, and a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Maldonado is also a founding member of the Culture and Disaster Action Network. As a public anthropologist, Julie has consulted for the UN Development Programme and World Bank on resettlement, post-disaster needs assessments, and climate change. She worked for the US Global Change Research Program and is an author on the 3rd and 4th US National Climate Assessments. Her doctorate in anthropology focused on the social and cultural impacts of environmental change and habitual disasters in coastal Louisiana. She was the lead editor for a special issue for the journal Climatic Change entitled, Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions. Her book, Seeking Justice in an Energy Sacrifice Zone: Standing on Vanishing Land in Coastal Louisiana, and co-edited volume, Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement: Risks, Impoverishment, Legacies, Solutions, were both released in 2018. Julie was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in Central California where she enjoys running around the trails and parks with her two children and rambunctious dog! 

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