Pamela J. Peters was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation. She is from the Tachii’nii (Red Running into the Water clan). Pamela received her BA degree in American Indian Studies, and Film, Television and Digital Media from the University of California, Los Angeles. Through formal education and hands-on experience, she was able to gain an analytical understanding of photography and film as a medium. She decided to apply these critical lenses to her own passion for filmmaking and photographic work. As an Indigenous filmmaker/photographer and a storyteller, Pamela develops narratives that illustrate the real stories of American Indians within the environments and communities that they live in.
“I received two scholarships from the American Indian Scholarship Fund of Southern California while I was attending UCLA. The scholarship helped tremendously as it helped pay for my books and a portion of my tuition. I am forever grateful of the support I received from the Southern California Indian Community and for being a recipient of this worthy scholarship.”
“Living in the mecca of Hollywood, I have viewed outrageous, inaccurate, and/or insulting images of American Indians as seen and portrayed through non-indigenous lenses. I feel strongly the need for more realistic and down-to-earth images that reveal the truth of our existence from an Indigenous perspective that will give a humanistic understand of who we are as American Indians. My future goals are to continue to create and produce authentic and contemporary portraits and narratives of American Indians today.”