Video loading...

A Diné River Guide’s Relationship to Water

Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.

Diné river guide Colleen Cooley grew up in Shonto, Arizona, and has always had a deep connection to the San Juan River. As one of the river’s few certified Indigenous guides, she acts as an interpreter for her community, which faces immense challenges accessing water. Water Flows Together, from Spruce Tone Films and American Rivers, explores the intersection of water resources for consumption and recreation.