Still from <i>Waila! Making The People Happy</i>


  • For more than a century, Waila has played an important role as a social and cultural staple for the Tohono O'odham. Now, the music-and-dance style, little known beyond the American Southwest, is the focus of a documentary.

    Arizona Daily Star
  • Waila is a form of music that embodies polka, waltz and Mexican music, tejano, cumbias and Norteno. The history of the music and its founding fathers are the subject of a new documentary for public television, Waila! Making the People Happy, a co-production of Daniel Golding and the Independent Television Service.

    Native American Times