Tomás Karmelo Amaya is Yoeme, A:shiwi, and Rarámuri. He is an award-winning film director, writer, and photographer born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and is currently the creative director for Indian Country Today.
Raised by storytellers and healers, he fought to embrace his indigeneity especially in environments that wanted to suppress his culturally informed voice and values. He continues to explore the concept of using a poet's perspective to create films, describing his style as "moving my camera as I would my pen."
In a recent collaboration with Hasselblad, Amaya explains, “I like to bring the same care, attention to detail, lyricism, and depth that I bring to writing poetry and songs. Every frame is intentional, meaningful, and connected to a larger conversation of Indigenous self-determination, sovereignty, healing ways, and love letters to our future."