Paper Rocket Productions is dedicated to telling stories from multiple spectrums of the Indigenous perspective; we promote Native stories, insight and entertainment for Indigenous communities around the world.



Video production services

Paper Rocket Productions has full production capabilities! Let us pioneer your project- we can take any film from it's infancy stages of conceptualization to it's beautiful ending on the big screen!


Still Photography

From portraits to specialized event coverage we have the team to gather all your photography needs.

Paper Rocket Productions is a full-service video production company based in Flagstaff, AZ. 


If you need interviews, documented events, or scenic landscape, our crew is here for you. It is vital to ensure that your production has the highest quality for internet and commercial output.




We offer photography services to document your needs.


We are well versed in documenting your event, or to take portraits for your business for use in advertising and marketing campaigns. 


Launched in 2011, Paper Rocket Productions serves over five hundred tribes across North America. Combining the art of storytelling with the art of filmmaking, they capture stories that are enriched with history and holistic principles.

Founders, Jake Hoyungowa and Deidra Peaches, utilize their unique skill set to preserve the voices of the past, to teach the future. Paper Rocket Productions strives to motivate young artists from Native communities to pick up their cameras, pick up their scripts and tell their stories.

Short Film, Drama 

Synopsis: Calvin is a young boy who has lost his father, his dream is to find him. In order to do so he builds a makeshift space rocket that he hopes to use and find his father against his mother's advice.

Directed: Donavan Seschillie

Producer: Deidra Peaches

Starring: Micheal Sangsteer, Danielle D. Henry, Timothy Cronley Jr. and Alana Nicole Clark

From 2014 - 2015 Paper Rocket Productions produced several short videos with Project 562, focusing on indigenous community members who are making a difference in their community. From Alaska, The Southwest and to the East Coast Project 562 continues to represent indigenous people paving a path for their future.

Matika Wilbur, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading photographers, has exhibited extensively in regional, national, and international venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Tacoma Art Museum, the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France. She studied photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana and received a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in California. Her work led her to becoming a certified teacher at Tulalip Heritage High School, providing inspiration for the youth of her own indigenous community. 

Matika, a Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes (Washington), is unique as an artist and social documentarian in Indian Country- The insight, depth, and passion with which she explores the contemporary Native identity and experience are communicated through the impeccable artistry of each of her silver gelating photographs.

Multi-Media and Indigenous Filmmaking: 

Film Production /Photography/Music Production

Multi-Media is a combination of text, audio, still images, animation and video that are usually accessed through electronic devices. We allow these mediums to help evoke communication to introduce change, in our society. 

It is important to honor our ancestors by gathering information for the future generations, be it from: stories, anecdotes, family traditions, songs and especially hard information like photos or documents. Treating this information as a guiding element for story telling may be personal but often as storytellers say, we base our stories on what we know. It is a priority as a storyteller to understand your past to also shape the future. 

There is a continuing demand for more media outlets within our reservations. Though the reservation currently houses a radio and newspaper, its coverage is limited to both its staff and monetary needs.

However, with the evolution of technology, the need for big budget publications is no longer an essential aspect for broadcast media. In recent years, blogging, social networking, message boards, podcasting and YouTube have all been utilized in sharing stories affecting people in different places around the world.

These advancements in technology have the potential to create outlets for people to voice their opinions and concerns in very rural areas around the globe. With our colleagues, we have created short documentaries showing multiple aspect of Native American culture. Through many of the excerpts lasted no more than five minutes, its content allowed a glimpse for foreign viewers to witness a piece of culture unaccustomed to their own. We have seen the effects of filmmaking and what empowerment it can create within individuals.

Multi-Media Workshops

The Nature of the program is to educate participants of the importance of utilizing visual devices in efforts to construct; digital transmission media, digital media, electronic media, multimedia, news media, and etc. We would also like to incorporate into the curriculum a brief history of media and how media is currently evident on the Navajo Reservation.

  • Teach a brief history of media
  • Discuss Current Media on the Rez
  • Incorporating Media with Filmmaking

How the program will be conducted will be based on a curriculum that incorporates the filmmaking as well as the importance of media within an isolated society. Given the vast geographical area of the Navajo Nation, it is necessary for each participate to voice their opinion on issues that are affecting their local community; that being the community of Shonto, Kayenta and Shiprock or surrounding areas.

The outcome of the workshops is for all participants to be both interactive in the process of making a film and to be able to simultaneously achieve a singular goal as a fully functioning team.

  • Teamwork
  • Discover the importance of Media
  • Create a Video

The Most successful workshops, that we have witnessed, where those that thoroughly covered an in-depth look on the importance of Pre-Production, Production, and Post Production. The extra-time spent in teaching each subject allowed for more students to be “hands-on” Trained in multiple aspects of filmmaking. If some students are not keen to the technical aspect of the filmmaking process, there is certainly alternative activities that can apply each participant toward their own creative endeavors, Script Supervisor, Gaffer, Researchers, Story Board Artist, Location Manager, Producers, and etc. 

In Conclusion, by cultivating this project we are creating an engaging alternative perspective of how media affects the United States as well as Native Communities. We hope that our partnership will allow independent media to blossom within your community.

Enjoy the Playlist Below!

Special Thanks

Workshop Mentors

Shelby Ray, Camille Tso, Ben Velazco, Patrick Tso, Cassie Goodluck Johnson, Kino Benally, Chris Cegielski, Sam Minkler, Sakya Calsoyas, Ryan Dennison, Cassandra Johnson and Megan Babbit.


Kayenta Cultural Center - Kayenta Unified School District - Kayenta, AZ

Shiprock Office of Dine Youth - Shiprock, NM.

Shonto Community Governance - Shonto Chapter - Shonto, AZ

Haa Naa' Dli Youth Center - Huerfano Chapter - Huerfano, NM