Raised on the Navajo Reservation by a single mother who valued her Navajo teachings, Stacy Howard is of the Many Goat clan and born for the Deer Spring clan; Bitter Water is her maternal grandfather and Red House is her paternal grandfather. She graduated film school at Scottsdale Community College and began supporting herself independently by working at an inpatient hospital. The first time her grandmother asked what she was studying in college, Stacy said in Navajo, “movies”. Disapprovingly, her grandmother asked why. “To make movies for you,” Stacy replied.