Big Mountain, Diné Bikéyah is a portrait of a remote area in Northern Arizona, and what remains there of the ancestral homelands of the Diné, or Navajo, a Native American tribe.
Over the last 30 years, over 12,000 Diné people have been removed from the area as a result of a complex political and legal struggle surrounding the extraction of natural resources from the landscape. The area of Black Mesa, formerly home to many Navajo as well as the Hopi peoples, is situated on top of the largest coal deposit in the United States – some twenty-one billion tons.
Today, as mining continues, twenty-five Diné elders remain in the Big Mountain region of Black Mesa. As modernity encroaches further with each generation, and the ecology on which they rely dwindles, they attempt to uphold their compromised way of life as far as possible. They are joined in this struggle by a handful of activists and supporters from across the United States, who come to fight against corrupt coal initiatives and global warming, and to attempt to salvage an ideal of life by a natural order.