Tohono O’odham tribal members playing accordions and saxophones in the southern Arizona desert is more reminiscent of old world polka than a present-day tribal favorite among the O’odham Nations.

Daniel Golding, the filmmaker behind Waila! Making the People Happy, grew up in Arizona listening to such melodies—a historical blend of European instruments infused with modern-day electric keyboards and guitars. The music the O’odham call waila is derived from the Spanish word for dance, baila.

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