March Point

April  21, 2016

250x353edu_march_pointMARCH POINT filmmakers Tracy Rector and Annie Silverstein bring together filmmaking and alternative education through their collaboration with the three young Native Americans. The film assignment sends the boys down a path of historical investigation. Like many young people, Travis, Nick and Cody didn’t know much about their ancestors’ history. By interviewing tribal elders, they learn that most of their land was taken away by the federal government in the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, leaving the Swinomish with basic health care, some fishing rights and a small reservation. President Ulysses S. Grant took more land in 1870, a move the tribe considers illegal.

The boys learn that the people now known as the Swinomish flourished on the bounty of the coast of the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. Clams, crabs and fish were plentiful, and as the tribal saying goes, “When the tide’s out, the table’s set.” But when in the 1950s, Shell Oil built two refineries on land once owned by the tribe, chemicals made their way into the water, tainting the seafood and shellfish that the Swinomish eat daily. And just as the toxins in the water seeped into the food, poverty, drugs and alcohol have seeped into the lives of the families who live there. Ambivalent environmental ambassadors at the onset of the filmmaking venture, the boys awaken to the destruction these refineries have wrought in their communities. Grappling with their assignment through humor, sarcasm and a candid self-knowledge, they begin to experience the need to understand and tell their own stories and to grasp the power of this process to change their lives and give back to their community. MARCH POINT follows the boys’ journey on their path from childhood to adulthood as they come to understand themselves, their tribe and the environmental threat to their people.

Location and Time:
University of St. Thomas
John Roach Center auditorium (JRC 126), which is located on the corner of Summit and Cleveland Avenues.
Building 2 on St. Thomas Campus Map
3:30-5:00

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
American Culture and Difference Program, University of St. Thomas
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?

February 15, 2016

Bad Sugar

Bad Sugar, episode four of the seven part PBS’ series  Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, focuses on the reasons for high diabetes rates in the Pima and Tohono O’odham of southern Arizona and other Native American peoples.

The Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world – half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the Pima for decades in search of a biological – or more recently, genetic – explanation for their high rates of disease. Meanwhile, medical-only interventions have failed to stem the rising tide not just among Native Americans, but globally.

What happened to the health of the Pima? During the 20th century, the diversion of river water to upstream white settlements disrupted the Pima’s agricultural economy and customary ways. Local tribes were plunged into poverty and became dependent on the U.S. government. Healthy traditional foods like tepary beans, cholla buds, and wild game were replaced by surplus commodities like white flour, lard, processed cheese and canned foods – a diabetic’s nightmare. A sense of “futurelessness” took hold, and so did diabetes.

According to Dr. Don Warne, a trained physician and traditional Lakota healer who works with the Pima, health problems like diabetes begin long before people get to the clinic or the hospital. While obesity and diet are risk factors, so is poverty. People in the lowest income brackets are at least twice as likely to become diabetic as those in the highest. For the O’odham and other Native Americans, the stress of living in poverty is compounded by a history of cultural, economic and physical loss, which researchers believe magnifies its impact on health.

Attorney Rod Lewis has spent the last several decades fighting to restore his tribe’s water rights. In 2004 he helped negotiate the largest water settlement in Arizona history, which not only guaranteed the return of water but provided crucial funds to build roads, dams and other infrastructure. Now the Pima are beginning to farm again. Leaders are cautiously optimistic that community empowerment, along with sustainable and culturally appropriate development can help restore prosperity, hope, and health.  (http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/episode_descriptions.php?page=4)

About our Presenter:

Donald Warne, (Oglala Lakota) MD, MPH is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University, and he is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.  Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, SD and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.  He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.

Professional activities include:

  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Cancer Society
  • Member, Minority Affairs Section and Association of American Indian Physicians Representative to the American Medical Association
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Member, National Institutional Review Board, Indian Health Service

Location and Time

Augsburg College

Reception in Sverdrup Hall, Main Lobby 5:00-6:00
Screening begins at 6:00 in Science Hall 123
Discussion with Dr. Warne follows
This event is free to the public

 

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, The Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics, the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota,

 

For parking permits contact Christina Erickson at ericksoc@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/.  You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg College, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mazinaateseg: Anishinaabe Films and Their Makers

 

March 9, 2016

Mazinaateseg: Anishinaabe Films and Their Makers

According to the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, Mazinaateseg means “It is a movie” in Ojibwe.   Join us for a night of Anishinaabe short and animated films hosted by Elizabeth Day and Heid E. Erdrich.

Some of our titles for the evening include:

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Advice To Myself 2: Resistance  (Elizabeth Day, Heid E. Erdrich and Louise Erdrich with music by Trevino Brings Plenty.
Shot on the coldest and snowiest day of the year, Advice to Myself 2: Resistance presents a visual and verbal collaboration between author Louise Erdrich, her poet sister Heid E. Erdrich, and artist Elizabeth Day.  A figure dressed as a bear moves through a frozen yet domestic landscape, at times using a blade to practice martial arts moves, at other times carrying a baby in a woven carrier–all the while her movements juxtapose the voice of Louise Erdrich speaking a poem.  Text enters the scene at moments as well.  Throughout the “poemeo” as Louise calls the form, the bear gives us clues to her indigenous identity in her jingle dress moves, her beaded mukluks, the willow basket she carries.  The words of the poem offer a message of personal, political and universal resistance.  In the last moments, the bear’s identity is briefly revealed.

GAA-ONDINANG DAKWAANOWED MAKWA/ How the Bear Got a Short Tail (Directed by Elizabeth Day, written and voiced by Anna Gibbs, produced by Heid E. Erdrich for Wiigwaas Press/Birchbark House. Animated by Jonathan Thunder. 2015.)
Narrated by elder Anna Gibbs entirely in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Ojibwe people, “Gaa-ondinang dakawaanowed Makwa” or “How the Bear Got A Short Tail,” tells a story about gifts of the Creator and a lesson in humility.  In this fully animated Anishinaabemowin tale, we meet Makwa, the bear, who brags up his gorgeous tail and enrages bushy-tailed Fox.  Many woodland creatures appear as they were before the Creator gave them their gifts, such as Skunk whose stripes are yet to appear. Seasons, the heavens, and the creatures of the lake and woods figure prominently in this story for those learning the Anishinaabe language.

Gii-mawinzowaad Makoons Miinawaa Nigigoons (Directed by Elizabeth Day, animated by Jonathan Thunder)
Written in Anishinaabemowin by Rose Tainter and Lisa LaRonge and adapted to the screen by Director Elizabeth Day and animated by Jonathan Thunder.

 

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Stories of space canoes and space/time travel across dimensions unravel to “Trade Song” by the Métis Fiddler Quartet in this bitwork beadwork experimental stop motion animation.


The Path Without End 
(Elizabeth LaPensée, 2011) Non-linear stories of Anishinaabe Moon thepathwithoutendPeople unravel in this stop motion animation set to music by Cree cellist Cris Derksen. Named in honor of Basil Johnston

 

 

 

About our Hosts and Filmmakers:Heid Erdrich by Chris Felver 15

Heid E. Erdrich’s collaborative poem films have been selected for screening at festivals in the U.S. and Canada including ImagineNative, Co-Kisser, Vision Maker, Iron Horse Review, and at the Santa Fe Indian Market Class-X film competition. These films have won a Judges Award, a Best of Fest, and two Best Experimental Short awards. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Cell Traffic from University of Arizona Press. Her recent non-fiction book is Original Local: Indigenous Food Stories. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches the MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College.

 

headshotElizabeth Day (producer, director, writer) Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe  is a filmmaker from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born on the Leech Lake Reservation and raised in the Twin Cities area, Day blends her Native American heritage with her urban upbringing to create films that employ traditional Ojibwe-style storytelling while using contemporary filmmaking techniques. Her work often explores the tension between traditional Native teachings and the life of a modern, urban Indian.
A primary motivation for Day is recording and capturing the quickly fading pastimes of Ojibwe culture, an important and integral piece of Minnesota’s history. Through the medium of film, she examines a broad swath of Native history, from the rich Ojibwe tradition of storytelling to the painful history of government-enforced boarding schools to the modern-day identity issues faced by Native families

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Elizabeth LaPensée  is an Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish artist whose works in digital art, games, animations, and comics speak to teachings and stories that span spacetime. With over ten years of developing her aesthetic along with holding a Ph.D. in Interactive Arts & Technology, she continues to expand her body of work in the hopes of continuing the ways in which Woodlands style expresses scientific knowledge and the truths in traditional stories.

Her prior work includes: Survivance (2011), The Nature of Snakes (2012), The Path Without End (2011), and The West Was Lost (2008)

 

Jonathan with BunnyJonathan Thunder (painter, digital media artist) is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications.

Location and Time:

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Talk with Students 5:00-6:00
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public.

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Augsburg’s Marginalized Voices in Film and Media, the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit: please contact marubbio@augsburg.edu.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg College, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

 

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

April 6, 2016

 

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Elle-Máijá is Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She was recently presented with the  2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker and her most recent short Bihttoš (which received part of its grant funding from the BC Arts Council) was included in the 2014 TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Seattle International Film Festival. She was nominated for a 2015 Leo award for her performance in Not Indian Enough and she was also recently included in the CBC list “Indigenous Youth Leaders: 5 Under 30 to Watch in 2015.”

Her Filmography includes:

  • Bihttoš (2014, 14 min, documentary, Canada/Norway), which was a commission by the imagineNATIVE Film Festival. Tailfeathers wrote, directed and produced this unique documentary. Tailfeathers was also one of two camera operators. The film won the TIFF Canadian Top Ten Shorts in 2014  and the Seattle International Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short.
  • Hurry Up, You Stupid Cripple (2013, 10 min, documentary, Canada) was co-directed by Tailfeathers with Gitx’san filmmaker Terreane Derrick.
  • Colonial Gaze: The Sámi Artists’ Collective (2012, 10 min, mockumentary, Norway/Sweden)  During a 10-day artists’ residency, Tailfeathers Co-Directed this offbeat and cunning mockumentary about the politics of Sámi arts, culture, and identity. (w/ Marja Bål Nango)
  • A Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012, 10 min, drama, Canada)  A winner in the Vancouver Crazy8s Competition, this film was made in 8-days with $1000.  Tailfeathers wrote and directed this groundbreaking short for which she was the Canada Council Aboriginal Media Arts Grant Recipient 2013-2014, Feature-length Screenplay.  The film won numerous awards in 2012 and 2013, including: Winner in the 2012 Crazy8s Film Competition; Awarded Best Canadian Short Drama, ImagineNATIVE Film Festival (2012); Best Live Action Short Nomination, The American Indian Motion Picture Awards (2012); Kodak Image Award, The Vancouver Women in Film Festival (2013); Legacy Filmworks Award- 2nd Place, The Vancouver Women in Film Festival (2013); Best Narrative Short- Class X South West American Indian Art Market (2013); People’s Choice Award- Bay Street Film Festival (2013); First Place Professional Narrative- Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival (2013).
  • Bloodland  (2011, 4 min, experimental, Canada)  Made with an entirely Indigenous cast & crew on a shoe-string budget, Tailfeathers wrote, directed, produced, and edited this visceral experimental short.

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Discussion with Students  5:00-6:00
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

 

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, Augsburg’s Marginalized Voices in Film and Media,

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg College, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

First Light: Sisters of Sunrise

October 21

First Light: Sisters of Sunrise. The world is on the horizon of a new and powerful wave of innovative film, animation and new media producers, directors and revolutionaries who are shifting the way filmmaking is seen and produced. Join us for a special screening of films that explore the power women filmmakers have as keepers of our genesis and creators of legacy and legend. Our event is hosted by filmmaker Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo) and includes selected work of other Indigenous women filmmakers and animators.

Some of our titles for the evening:

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Two friends are faced with a shocking tragedy on the day they happen to discuss the theoretical beginnings of life and the universe. The resolution of the dire event reveals a new understanding of life and death, in relation to their own origin story

 
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 Once Upon a Time (Missy Whiteman)
 Inspired by the Indigenous people of Turtle Island and the ancestors who we follow. Seen through the eyes of a child, our world today and our return to living in our truth as sacred people.
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The Coyote Way: Going Back Home (Concept Trailer) (Missy Whiteman)
Reality and ancient lore merge in a vivid, dream-like voyage for a Charlie, a young boy who must choose between joining a street gang or begin a journey to discover his destiny.

 

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Indigo is a beautifully rendered animation inspired by Indigenous ideologies and personal experience. It tells the story of a woman who confronts her internal war with the help of grandmother spider and faces the many layers of herself and life, to revitalize her spirit. Indigo examines the implications of the decline of the imagination concurrent with the rise of rationality and the cyclical war these two archetypes engage in.

 

 

Honey for Sale (Amanda Strong, 2009)Honey-for-Sale
The tenuous life of the honeybee sheds light on the fragile nature of human existence.

Mia (Amanda Strong, 2015)
A young Indigenous female street artist named Mia’ walks through the city streets painting scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people. Lacking cultural resources and familial connection within the city, she paints these images from intuition and blood memory. She has not heard the stories from her Elders lips, but has found her own methods to rediscover them. The alleyways become her sanctuary and secret gallery, and her art comes to life. Mia’ is pulled into her own transformation via the vessel of a salmon. In the struggle to return home, she traverses through polluted waters and skies, witnessing various forms of industrial violence and imprint that have occurred upon the land.

 

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A feature-length documentary by Reel Indian Pictures–we will screen the trailer.  In the town of Shiprock, New Mexico, poverty and corruption have long been a struggle and as the Navajo Nation looks for leadership, it is met with scandal. To make a change, a young group of men and women are taking back their community–led by 21-year-old Graham Beyale. This is the story of how one vision toward the future can make a difference, inspiring a generation of leaders to make changes in their own communities.  For more information on this project visit http://www.shiprockexperience.org/  To contact Ramona Emerson regarding Reel Indian Pictures:  www.reelindianpictures.com  To learn more about Ramona Emerson:  http://about.me/reelindianpictures

 

indexWakening (Danis Goulet, 2013) In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer, Wesakechak, searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.

For more information on the Embargo Collective: http://www.imaginenative.org/home/embargo.  Also read her blog : http://www.imaginenative.org/wordpress/2014/04/welcome-to-the-embargo-collective-ii-blog-intro-by-danis-goulet

 

About out our host Missy Whiteman

MWhitemanHS_2015Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and

Kickapoo) understands her work to be a voice for her ancestors to educate and to foster better understanding among all peoples as well as to promote positive change in Native and Non-Native communities. While based in part on traditional ways and ideas, her work also addresses themes of loss in relation to larger cultural forces as well as the process of healing and redefining cultural identity. Many of Missy’s short videos incorporate, Indigenous languages, teachings and values and have screened in tribal communities, local film festivals to national venues such as National Geographic All Roads Festival.

Rooted in the arts at an early age, Missy was raised in an artistic environment, with her biggest influence being her father who taught her how to envision the world though the artist eye. Missy Whiteman’s upbringing in Minneapolis, Minnesota gave her the opportunity to be exposed to Native artists and filmmakers from many different Nations as well as other creative people from various ethnic backgrounds. Missy continued her pursuit in the arts when she attended the Minnesota Center for Arts education where her artistic and healing creative process were first developed . She later attended the Minneapolis College for Art and Design for Filmmaking and photography where she continued developed her skills as a media artist and filmmaker.

Today, Missy works as an independent consultant with Independent Indigenous Film and media. IIFM’s mission is to help educate, and create better visibility for Indigenous media by providing digital media production, training and visibility for media for communities, organizations and youth. Projects developed and produced with the guidance of IIFM, carry the vision and the message of spiritual healing through digital media.

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Missy Talks with Students 5:00-6:00
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

 

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Augsburg’s Women in Film Student Group, the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, and Independent Indigenous Film and Media (IIFM)2whirl

 

 

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg College, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

March Point

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April 21, 2015

MARCH POINT filmmakers Tracy Rector and Annie Silverstein bring together filmmaking and alternative education through their collaboration with the three young Native Americans. The film assignment sends the boys down a path of historical investigation. Like many young people, Travis, Nick and Cody didn’t know much about their ancestors’ history. By interviewing tribal elders, they learn that most of their land was taken away by the federal government in the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, leaving the Swinomish with basic health care, some fishing rights and a small reservation. President Ulysses S. Grant took more land in 1870, a move the tribe considers illegal.

The boys learn that the people now known as the Swinomish flourished on the bounty of the coast of the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. Clams, crabs and fish were plentiful, and as the tribal saying goes, “When the tide’s out, the table’s set.” But when in the 1950s, Shell Oil built two refineries on land once owned by the tribe, chemicals made their way into the water, tainting the seafood and shellfish that the Swinomish eat daily. And just as the toxins in the water seeped into the food, poverty, drugs and alcohol have seeped into the lives of the families who live there. Ambivalent environmental ambassadors at the onset of the filmmaking venture, the boys awaken to the destruction these refineries have wrought in their communities. Grappling with their assignment through humor, sarcasm and a candid self-knowledge, they begin to experience the need to understand and tell their own stories and to grasp the power of this process to change their lives and give back to their community. MARCH POINT follows the boys’ journey on their path from childhood to adulthood as they come to understand themselves, their tribe and the environmental threat to their people.

 

_MG_6826-2Mde Mka Ska Canoe Nation Gathering–(Migizi Communications). The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering annual event is a genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan. Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. Its Dakota name means White Earth Lake. For the Minneapolis-St. Paul Native American community, its proximity inspires an indigenous means to return to cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. As water does for the finned nation, the Mde Maka Ska provides an appropriate environment in which to implement visions of healthier indigenous nations. Narrated by Sicangu Lakota experiential educator and event founder LeMoine LaPointe, this video by Tiana LaPointe and John Gwinn looks at the history of how and why the event started, as well as details of the 2013 event.

 

Location and Time:

University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium (building #5 on map)
Located on Cleveland Ave. (The nearest cross-streets being Ashland Avenue and Portland Avenue)
5:30-8:30

 

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
American Culture and Difference Program, University of St. Thomas
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Migizi Communications

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Profit and Loss

March 24, 2015

 

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From the acclaimed series Standing on Sacred Ground, Profit and Loss documents how indigenous groups from Papua New Guinea to the tar sands of Alberta, Canada fight the loss of land, water and health to mining and oil industries.

From New Guinean rainforests to Canada’s tar sands, Profit and Loss exposes industrial threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival. In Papua New Guinea, a nickel mine that violently relocated villagers to taboo land is building a new pipeline and refinery, and dumping mining waste into the sea. In Alberta, First Nations people suffer from rare cancers as their traditional hunting grounds are stripmined to unearth the world’s third-largest oil reserve. Rare verité scenes of tribal life and intimate interviews allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida).

– See more at: http://www.sacredland.org/home/films/in-production/#sthash.idNCx6hF.dpuf

 

About Our Hosts: Dr. Cecilia Martinez (The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy) and Tom Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network)

ceciliaDr. Cecilia Martinez, Director of Research Programs.  Dr. Cecilia Martinez previous positions include Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware,  Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University and Research Director at the American Indian Policy Center. Dr. Martinez has led a variety of projects to address sustainable development at the local and international levels. Her research is focused on the development of energy and environmental strategies that promote equitable and sustainable policies. She currently serves on the Climate Action Planning Steering Committee for the City of Minneapolis. Dr. Martinez has also worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice. Most recently she completed an analysis of coal-based energy and environmental justice communities, and a review of climate adaptation and public health for the National Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. She has been appointed to several national advisory boards including, the National Advisory Committee to the EPA for the Council on Environmental Cooperation, and the Research Working Group for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is also on the leadership team for the national EJ and Science Initiative, and is leading the effort on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on environmental harms. She is working on a manuscript on environmental justice and climate change and among her other publications is the co-edited volume Environmental Justice: Discourses in International Political Economy which includes some of her work on North American Indigenous peoples and the challenge of forging a common agenda of indigenous rights, justice and sustainability. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware’s College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, where she received the Ryden Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences. (CEED)

The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) was founded by a group of researchers, educators and community activists who saw the need to affirm and revitalize principles of democracy and social justice in energy and environmental policy. The founders saw the need for quality policy research and education to create a more honest and accountable system for preserving our social and environmental heritage. CEED proudly joins with a long tradition of individuals and communities who have actively worked to keep the Earth healthy for future generations.

 

tom_profile_picTom Goldtooth is Dine’ and Dakota and lives in Minnesota. Since the late 1980’s, Tom has been involved with environmental related issues and programs working within tribal governments in developing indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom works with indigenous peoples worldwide. Tom is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America addressing toxics and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice; co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!; a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tom is a policy adviser to indigenous communities on environmental protection and more recently on climate policy focusing on mitigation, adaptation and concerns of false solutions. (Indigenous Environmental Network)

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues. IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities. IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address environmental justice issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.

 

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion to follow

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
Environmental Studies Program
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy
Indigenous Environmental Network

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Fire and Ice

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Fire and Ice is the part of the acclaimed series Standing on Sacred GroundFire and Ice explores two mountain cultures fighting to protect their cultural and ecological heritage with the help of modern science. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, spiritual traditions that long protected trees, meadows and mountains are under attack by evangelical Christians. During a New Years bridal ceremony, tensions erupt into a riot. In the Peruvian Andes, Q’eros potato farmers face an invisible foe: global warming that is melting the glaciers, their only water source. They still make their annual pilgrimage to pray for abundance, and they are also building the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), a community research farm to adapt indigenous agriculture to the changing climate. Stunning landscapes and vivid ritual scenes offer rare insight into little-seen, oft-misunderstood cultures. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida), with storytelling by Q’orianka Kilcher.

About Our Host: Dr. Cecilia Martinez and The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

ceciliaDr. Cecilia Martinez, Director of Research Programs.  Dr. Cecilia Martinez previous positions include Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware,  Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University and Research Director at the American Indian Policy Center. Dr. Martinez has led a variety of projects to address sustainable development at the local and international levels. Her research is focused on the development of energy and environmental strategies that promote equitable and sustainable policies. She currently serves on the Climate Action Planning Steering Committee for the City of Minneapolis. Dr. Martinez has also worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice. Most recently she completed an analysis of coal-based energy and environmental justice communities, and a review of climate adaptation and public health for the National Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. She has been appointed to several national advisory boards including, the National Advisory Committee to the EPA for the Council on Environmental Cooperation, and the Research Working Group for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is also on the leadership team for the national EJ and Science Initiative, and is leading the effort on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on environmental harms. She is working on a manuscript on environmental justice and climate change and among her other publications is the co-edited volume Environmental Justice: Discourses in International Political Economy which includes some of her work on North American Indigenous peoples and the challenge of forging a common agenda of indigenous rights, justice and sustainability. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware’s College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, where she received the Ryden Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences.

178950_229751067139958_645183045_nThe Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) was founded by a group of researchers, educators and community activists who saw the need to affirm and revitalize principles of democracy and social justice in energy and environmental policy. The founders saw the need for quality policy research and education to create a more honest and accountable system for preserving our social and environmental heritage. CEED proudly joins with a long tradition of individuals and communities who have actively worked to keep the Earth healthy for future generations.

 

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion to follow

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
Environmental Studies Program
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

 

October 29, 2014: Listening for the Rain

Listening for the Rain: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

Created by media artists Jeffrey Palmer (Kiowa) and Filoteo Gómez Martínez (Ayuuk), and emerging out of an interdisciplinary research project, this thought-provoking film documents stories and observations about climate change from different Indigenous communities in the central United States. Through the stories they tell, we learn how diverse tribal landscapes have been effected by environmental change and how Indian Country is working on this important issue.

Our screening will also include a discussion with the two filmmakers, Jeff and Filoteo, and Sonia Davila Poblete (Bolivian) whose work with Indigenous communities there around water and environmental issues will add a North-South connection to our pluricultural conversations.

About the Presenters

 

 

Filo's PictureFiloteo Gómez Martínez is an Ayuuk (Mixe) filmmaker from the Sierra Mixe of Oaxaca, Mexico who now resides in Norman, Oklahoma and studies geography at the University of Oklahoma. Filo learned to make videos through workshops organized by state and international agencies, academic entities, and activist organizations. His first video “Dulce Convivencia/Sweet Gathering” was well received, won several international awards, and can be viewed online via IsumaTV. More recently, Filo has been working on videos about Indigenous and other migrant communities in Milwaukee and in Oklahoma City. He has also been collaborating with Jeffrey Palmer a Kiowa filmmaker and researchers at the University of Oklahoma to document the impacts of climate change in Indian Country.
Jeffrey Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. He received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa and Jeffhis M.A. in Native American Studies from University of Oklahoma. He currently is an assistant professor of Mass Communication at the University of Central Oklahoma. He was selected in the spring of 2012 to participate in the Sundance Institute Native Laboratory to work on his feature documentary entitled “Honor Beats.” His other works include “Origins” (2013), which premiered internationally in 2014 and is currently being reviewed by the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C.
 Davila2-155x155Sonia Davila-Poblete Ph.D., is a sociologist specializing in integrated water management, river basin and environmental policies. As Emeritus Member of the Technical Advisor Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), independent consultant and advisor, she works with grassroots groups, governments, and international organizations on social issues that have to deal with environmental problems, mainly in Mexico and Bolivia. Her primary interests include: foregrounding the Andean culture’s “Living Well” paradigm into the search of solutions for environmental and climate change issues, advocating for nature in development projects, and mainstreaming a gender perspective in all public policies.

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:30
Screening begins at 6:45
Discussion with filmmakers follows

 

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
Environmental Studies Program
Department of Social Work
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy
Future First

 


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The Cherokee Word for Water

CherokeeWordWater2April 4, 2014

The Cherokee Word for Water  is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. It is a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem.

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word For Water begins in the homes of a rural Oklahoma community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.

Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and fullblood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly twenty miles of waterline using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day.

Directed by: Tim Kelly and Charlie Soap, 2013

Place: Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South

Time: 6:15 to 9:30 pm.

  • Reception 6:15-6:45
  • Screening begins at 6:45
  • Discussion follows

All events are free to the public.

Thank you to our sponsors: the American Indian Studies Department, the Augsburg Native American Film Series, Native Americans in Philanthropy and the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

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