Mother Tongue Film Festival Shorts

National Museum of the American Indian
12:30pm, March 17th

IDENTIDAD/IDENTITY

In the struggle to maintain their traditional lands many Indigenous communities are caught between modernization and traditional culture. Must they be at odds? Must the embrace of one eradicate the other?
DIRECTOR: Iván Jaripio (Embera)
(Panama, 2017, 4 min.)

 

WE PRAYED IN WATER
Cherokee Nation tribal members worry about fracking pollution disrupting the ceremonial practice of “going to water.”
DIRECTORS: Joseph Erb (Cherokee)
(USA, 2012, 5 min.)

 

SHAASH JAA / BEARS EARS
Shásh Jaa’ (Bears Ears) is 1.9 million acres of Utah wilderness considered sacred lands to many indigenous communities of the four-corners area, including the Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain, Hopi, and Zuni peoples. The governments of these tribal nations come together to form the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, in hopes of having the area designated a National Monument to be co-managed with the partnership tribes.
DIRECTOR: Angelo Baca (Navajo)
(USA, 2016, 23 min.)

 

THEN, NOW, AND FOREVER: ZUNI IN THE GRAND CANYON
Created under the direction of the Zuni Elders, this short documentary follows several elders and Medicine Men on an ancient pilgrimage through the Grand Canyon to visit their place of origin and advocate for the protection of the land
DIRECTOR: Daniel A. Byers
(USA, 2017, 27 min.)

 

Q&A — Daniel Byers (Director – Then, Now, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon) Octavius Seowtewa (Subject- Then, Now, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon); moderator, Melissa Bisagni (NMAI)

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