Michael Begay

Michael R.L.Begay is Navajo and Santo Domingo Pueblo from the SouthSide of Chicago, IL. He is a graduate from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Haskell Indian Nations University, where he earned a degree in Media Communications and INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ALUMNI from The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education & Cultural Affairs Administered by World Learning “Communities Connecting Heritage”. A multidisciplinary artist, Begay has received numerous awards for his work in both film and art. In 2016, his original mixed media artwork, “reINcar-NATIVE”, was selected for the cover of the summer issue of Tribal College Journal.  Not only has he traveled the world accepting awards but is involved at home where he and his brother Samuel F. Begay IV have started their own production company, “Windy City Navajo” where they plan to bring technology into Indigenous Communities throughout not just New Mexico but the entire country.  Red Camera certified and drones in hand, these brothers is taking the film world by storm and leading a new path to shine greater light on the realities of Indigenous People through the art of filmmaking.