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INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present


This film series begins with a screening of The Daughter of Dawn, a silent film from 1920 featuring more than 300 members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes, and culminates in a discussion with those documenting the ongoing activism surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.

Several filmmakers will present throughout the run of INDIgenesis to talk about their work. Picture the classic western The Searchers set in Nunavut. Find yourself in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Missy Whiteman’s newest film. Pay tribute to American Indian Movement peace warrior John Trudell and enjoy the Pines’ music video on which he and Whiteman collaborated. Join an exploration of ancestry and language in a program of shorts, learn the Ojibwe tale of the Seven Fires Prophecy, and more.

Reflecting upon the series, Whiteman says, “We are in the beginning of a new era in Native cinema, a place where our ancestors are given life, our voices rise, and we return to our traditional ways of being through the lens.” INDIgenesis builds upon the legacy of the Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival and is programmed in collaboration with Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo Nations), a writer, filmmaker, and digital media consultant whose films incorporate indigenous teachings and values as a means of revitalization and preservation.

Ticketed Screenings

Tickets to the following screenings are $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors. Discounts available (see details below).
The Daughter of Dawn
Mekko
The Searchers
INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies.]

Free Screenings/Programs

Free tickets to the following programs are available at the main lobby desk one hour before each program.
DNA//Memory: Storytelling and Cultural Heritage
The Coyote Way: Going Back Home
Trudell
Views from Standing Rock

Ticket Discounts

For information about discounted tickets for individuals and groups, please contact Alison Kozberg (alison.kozberg@walkerart.org) at least one business day before the screening.