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Prey dir. Dan Trachtenberg, Staring Amber Midthunder as Naru, Dakota Beavers as Taabe, Naru’s brother, Michelle Thrush as Aruka, their mother, Stormee Kipp as Wasape, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator. Producer and cultural consultant Jhane Myers. This action-packed prequel to the Predator action series is set in the early 18thcentury in which a young Comanche woman, trained as a healer and with dreams of being a warrior, must fight both colonizing invaders and an alien foe, as well as prove herself to a tribe that underestimates her.

Amber Midthunder Has a New Action Hero for You” by Nicolas Rapold in the New York Times, August 5, 2022 

Prey producer used her Oklahoma background, tribal heritage to help create Predator prequel,” by Brandy McDonnell in The Oklahoman, August 5, 2022 

The WNET Group
In Their Element: Earth, Air, Fire, Water

Free. Online.

For people whose existence is inseparable from their native land, the climate crisis is not a tale of the future; it’s the present. In Their Element: Earth, Air, Fire, Water is a four-part docuseries that spotlights Indigenous leaders who work to protect these elements that sustain life.

Presented by Peril and Promise--a PBS public media initiative from The WNET Group in New York--reporting on the human stories of climate change and its solutions & Nexus Media News, a non-profit news service covering stories about climate change.

FILM FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS 
In-Person

Navajo Nation Museum, Providence Pictures, New Mexico PBS
Béeso Dah Yiníłjaa - Navajo A Fistful of Dollars

Tuesday, August 16. Free. In-person at the KiMo Theater, Albuquerque

A Fistful of Dollars, the classic 1964 Western starring Clint Eastwood, tells the story of a wandering gunfighter who plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

This movie is the latest motion picture to be dubbed in the Navajo language by the Navajo Nation Museum. It was part of an effort, led by Museum Director Manny Wheeler, to bring better awareness of Navajo language preservation to Navajo people and the broader public.

When he brought the idea to MGM, they offered their full support to make this project a reality.Wheeler worked with an all-Navajo group of translators and voice actors who capture the heart and the essence of characters including the “Man with No Name,” infamously portrayed in the film by Eastwood.

National Museum of the American Indian
Native Cinema Showcase

August 18-21. Free. In-person in Santa Fe

The NMAI’s Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is presented annually during Indian Market. This year’s four days of screenings include a total of 35 films (five features and 30 shorts) representing 30 Native nations in eight different countries: Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden and the US. There are 10 Indigenous languages spoken in the films and genres include documentaries, music videos, kid-friendly shorts, and more. Descriptions of the feature films are linked to their titles.

Showcase Schedule: All screenings are at the New Mexico History Museum except for the outdoor screening on Saturday night at the Santa Fe Railyard Park.

Thursday, August 18

7 pm Bootlegger Narrative feature. Canada, 2021, 81 min. Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French) Followed by a Q&A with director.

Friday, August 19

1 pm “Future Focused” shorts program (67 min. total). Family-friendly short films that are fun for kids of all ages.

3 pm “Twisted Tales” shorts program (program running time: 57 min.) Shorts that invite spooky, creepy and unfamiliar tales from the Indigenous perspective.

7 pm Night Raiders Narrative feature. Canada/New Zealand, 2021, 97 min. Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis). 

Saturday, August 20

1 pm “Emergence” shorts program (82 min. total). How can the past help people navigate an uncertain future?

3 pm Warrior Spirit Documentary feature. US, 2021, 96 min. Landon Dyksterhouse. 

8 pm Encanto Animation feature. US, 2021, 120 min. Screened outdoors at the Santa Fe Railyard Park screen. Support for Native Cinema Showcase’s screening of Encanto provided by The Walt Disney Co. 

Sunday, August 21

1 pm “Rise Above” shorts program (94 min. total). These shorts focus on the realities of rising above adversity and learning life’s lessons.

3 pm Daughter of a Lost Bird Documentary feature. US, 2021, 66 min. Preceded by two shorts and followed by a Q&A with director Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) and Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (Lummi)

Center for Contemporary Art & SITE Santa Fe
Jeffrey Gibson - Cinema Selections

Last Day! Saturday, August 20, 5:00 pm MDT

.A film series was curated at the CCA by multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians) to complement and inform The Body Electric, his current exhibition at SITE Santa Fe. The Exiles, the final program in the series, is followed by an in-person discussion between Gibson and Luke Henley, CCA Head of Cinema Programming.

The Exiles Documentary feature. US.1961. Kent Mackenzie. A classic of direct documentary and immersion into the real-time experiences of its protagonists. The Exiles follows one night in the lives of young Native Americans, mostly from the Southwest, living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles in the early 1960s.

Institute of American Indian Arts
MoCNA/Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Saturday, August 20, 11 am - 12 pm MDT. Free. In Santa Fe

Making History The history of IAIA and MoCNA through the eyes of ten IAIA alumni who have made meaningful contributions to their communities and the world at large. This premiere screening celebrates IAIA’s 60th and MoCNA’s 50th anniversaries. Discussion follows with Real Indian Pictures filmmakers Ramona Emerson (Diné) and Kelly Byars (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

National Geographic Theatrical Release 
The Territory

August 19. Tickets. In-person. Opening theatrically in multiple cities in Canada and US: Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver. Future sites available on film’s website.

The Territory Documentary feature. Brazil, US, Denmark. Alex Pritz. A look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-way-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon. Beautiful cinematography showcases the landscape, to take audiences deep into the community and provide as well unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers. The film focuses on community member Bitate Uru-eu-wau-wau and activist and mentor Neldinha Bandeira as they work together to preserve the lands legally designated for the tibe. The verite footage captured over three years follows them as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team.

Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022, winning both the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award in World Documentary. The filmmaker, Alex Pritz, received the inaugural Dalai Lama Fellowship for his work developing film curricula alongside low-income communities in the Philippines and has taught participatory film workshops for lawyers and human rights advocates around the world.

ISFI/International Sámi Film Institute - Two Programs 

ÁRRAN 360°.
August 26 - September 13. In the Sámi lávvu on the island of San Servolo in Venice, Italy

Six Sámi filmmakers screen works as part of the extended programming for The Sámi Pavilion project--this year’s historic program at the Nordic Pavilion--at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale de Venezia. This first-of-its-kind art project features six original 360-degree screen-based works created by six leading Sámi artists from across Sápmi, the Sámi homeland, which extends across the Arctic region of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

ISFI Director Anne Lajla Utsi comments: “With ÁRRAN 360°, we want to invite world audiences to experience the spirit of our circular storytelling and to embrace viewers with our soul-scapes and connection to land. Arran is a Northern Sámi word to describe the hearth of a lávvu (a traditional Sámi tent) and around which our storytelling has taken place since time immemorial.”

Aurebekk, Ovias Ann Holmgren. A young woman embarks on a journey into a dreamlike otherworld to discover that every tiny action we do in this world has a direct resonance in a myriad of other realms.

Eallu girdnu - Reindeer Corral Elle-Márjá Eira. Standing at the heart of the girdnu (reindeer corral) surrounded by reindeer moving in a circular motion, the viewer will experience a sense of the great forces that exist at the heart of reindeer herding.

Muohtačalmmit Hans Pieski. The immense power of water and humans’ dependence on it will be contemplated in this surreal video art piece.

Eadni - Mother Liselotte Wajstedt. The Háldi is a forest creature that may lure children into the woods. Is it only a part of Sámi mythology or is it as real as you and I?

Afruvvá - Mermaid Marja Helander. The áfruvvá is a Sámi sea-being, the ghost of a drowned person. Yearning for warmth, she emerges from the sea to a world devoid of humans and experiences humanity through an abandoned museum.

Goavdi - Drum Siljá Somby. After a sacred Sámi drum is abducted by a Christian priest, we are taken on a journey beyond space and time that reveals more about the drum’s innate power.

ARCTIC XR
September 2 - 5.  In the Sámi lávvu on the island of San Servolo in Venice, Italy

Six leading circumpolar Indigenous artists from Canada present new 360 video works, commissioned by Dr. Julie Nagam and Dr. Heather Igloliorte in conjunction with the aabijijiwan New Media and The Space Between Us, and Inuit Futures partnerships.

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Eleghàà: All At Once Casey Koyczan. this short film asks the question of what our world was, what it is now, and how it might be in the future.

Tuvak Akkusinialuk Siaggijâk Mark Iglioliorte. Four Indigenous skateboarders go on the Dettah Ice Road over the frozen Great Slave Lake, as part of a larger investigation into language and land.

Tartupaluk Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. Live-action, animation and VFX bring to life a poetic and humorous imaginary Inuit utopia set on a tiny island within the territorial waters of both Canada and Greenland.

The Way Home Melaw Nakehk’o. A young man walks home. Remembering the journeys we have made across our territories, like the journeys we make today.

Mikigiaq Nyla Innuksuk. An inexperienced hunter is determined to hunt foxes in the nearby woods, but ends up catching something much more unexpected instead.

Ajagutaq/Parhelion Tanya Tagaq. Inspired by a dream, an excerpt from the artist’s novel Split Tooth, attendees are transported to a magnificent landscape in Nunavut, where arctic beings and spirits become one.

Also screening, as part of ÁRRAN 360° are the VR-films Mikigiaq, dir. Nyla Innuksuk and Whakakitenga, dir. Wiremu Smith as part of ÁRRAN 360°

CREATIVITY - In-Person
Performances, Art Exhibitions, Poetry, Music

SITE Santa Fe Events

August 6 - August 21. In-person at SITE Santa Fe

Performance by Sarah Ortegon
Thursday, August 18, 2022, 5:30 pm. Free.

Renowned jingle dress dancer Sarah Ortegon, who is featured in Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric.

Zoon
Friday, August 19. Tickets.
7:30pm. Opener Dylan McLaughlin. 8:30pm. Zoon live in concert

Zoon, the musical moniker of musician Daniel Monkman, is drawn from the Ojibway word Zoongide’ewin meaning “bravery, courage, the Bear Spirit”. Zoon mixes traditional hand drumming with droning guitar to create a trance-inducing, inimitable sound.

Laura Ortman
Sunday, Aug 21, 2022, 2 pm. Free.

Performing an amplified violin, Ortman’s textured atmospheric soundscapes will reverberate throughout SITE Santa Fe’s lobby. The score for this solo performance is created in relation to themes seen and felt throughout Nani Chacon: SPECTRUM

MoCNA/Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Friday, August 19 - Saturday, August 20. Free. In-person in Santa Fe.

MoCNA Opening Reception for Three Summer Exhibitions
Friday, August 19, 5 pm–7 pm

Art of Indigenous Fashion. The first fashion exhibition organized by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and curated by guest curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Nation), Assistant Professor in Art History and Museum Studies at IAIA, and Fashion Show Director for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

More than twenty leading contemporary Indigenous designers from Canada and the United States have been brought together in this show, including Barry Ace (Odawa), Pilar Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh, Cochiti, and Kewa Pueblos), Marcus Amerman (Choctaw), Jason Baerg (Métis), Pamela Baker (Squamish and Kwakiutl), Kay Bennett (Diné), Catherine Blackburn (Dene), Decontie & Brown (Donna Decontie-Brown [Kitigan Zibi First Nation of Maniwaki and Penobscot Nation] and Jason K. Brown [Penobscot Nation]), Lauren Good Day (Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfeet, and Plains Cree), Orlando Dugi (Diné), Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dena and Cree), Anita Fields (Osage), Dorothy Grant(Haida), Lesley Hampton (Temagami First Nation), Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Jamie Okuma (Luiseño), Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), Wendy Ponca (Osage), Skawennati (Mohawk), Yolanda Skelton (Gitxsan Nation), and Margaret Wood (Navajo and Seminole).

Athena LaTocha: Mesabi Redux  Athena LaTocha (Lakota and Ojibwe) created this series of works on-site at iron deposits in the Mesabi Mountain Range of northern Minnesota, which is known to the local Ojibwe as Misaabe-wajiw, “Giant Mountain” or “Sleeping Giant.” The range is the site of the world’s third-largest open-pit iron ore mine. LaTocha cast iron reliefs during a month-long residency, coordinated by the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids and supported by the Minnesota Museum of Mining in Chisholm, where iron mining started in the 1880s and continues today.

Matrilineal: Legacies of Our Mothers  The art of the Fife family, three generations of Mvskoke (Creek) mothers and daughters, working individually in various styles and media, including shell carving, painting, and sculptural textile work, and they collaborate as fashion designers. (For more, see “Talking About” below)

MoCNA, Words of the People, and Abalone Mountain Press
Yoo’to “Beaded Water” Readings and Music

Saturday, August 20, 2:30 pm–5:00 pm Free. In-person
The “Beaded Water” reading will be a community of poets, authors, and creatives coming together to read their work and celebrate Indigenous poetry during this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market. Light refreshments will be provided during the event, followed with performances by local Indigenous musicians. Readers include Manny Loley, Layli Long Soldier, Beth Platote, Taté Walker, Kinsale Drake and Boderra Joe. Music by Kalen Fay Barnoski.

Eiteljorg Museum
“Summer of Celebration” Concert Series

July - September. Tickets. In-person in Indianapolis.

To celebrate the opening of its newly designed Native American Galleries, the Eiteljorg is presenting a series of concerts at the museum.

Keith Secola with Gabriel Ayala
Thursday, August 25, 6:30 CDT

Native folk & blues rocker Keith Secola is a seven-time Native American Music Award winner, receiving numerous Nammy nominations in various categories. Guitarist Gabriel Ayala is positioned at the forefront of a new generation of Native American musicians, breaking all native and non-native stereotypes with an assortment of music genres.

CREATIVITY - Online

National Museum of the American Indian
Online Exhibit: Ancestors Know Who We Are

Ancestors Know Who We Are ignites a conversation on the experiences of Black-Indigenous women through art. Joelle Joyner’s and Paige Pettibon’s paintings honor ancestors who continue to inspire and guide. Moira Pernambuco’s photographs are a counter-narrative to negative portrayals of Black boys and men. Monica Rickert-Bolter’s digital artwork is a reflection on the relationship between hair and cultural identity. Storme Webber’s prints and spoken-word performance pay tribute to her multiracial family and childhood. Basketry by Rodslen Brown (1960–2020), a Freedman descendant and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, embraces her activism and both her heritages.

TALKING ABOUT

MoCNA
“Matrilineal: A Fife Family Discussion”

Saturday, August 20, 9- 10 am. In-person in Santa Fe. 

A panel discussion with Matrilineal: Legacies of Our Mothers guest curator Laura Clark (Mvskoke Creek Nation) and artists from the exhibition.

IAIA/Institute for American Indian Arts 
Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer Talks

August 31, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. In-person at IAIA Performing Arts/Fitness Center in Santa Fe and livestreamed on the IAIA webpage and official IAIA Facebook

September 1, time TBA, In-person at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), acclaimed author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants will engage with a variety of audiences, both at IAIA and the general public. Dr. Kimmerer, a botanist, embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers, as reflected in traditional Indigenous farming practices. IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) says that “Dr. Kimmerer’s approach to Indigenous land practices and ethics aligns with IAIA’s philosophy of incorporating ancestral knowledge with Western techniques to help sustain our communities’ livelihoods for future generations.”

AWARDS AND HONORS

Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employment Program

CRNY is a three-year, $125 million initiative that provides guaranteed income and employment opportunities to artists across New York State. “CRNY believes that artists are workers who deserve equitable, sustainable support structures and that improving the lives of artists is paramount to the viability of New York State’s collective social and economic wellbeing.”

Announced in June 2022, 98 grants have been awarded by the state to 300 participating artists working with 115 participating organizations. The following Indigenous organizations and projects and artists, from Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga and Shinnecock communities in the Haudenosaunee Territories and Suffolk County, New York, have been selected to participate in the program:

Theresa Bear Fox, Katsitsionni Fox, Tsitowe Billings, Bruce Boots, Brandon Lazore, Jack Johnson, Aronhiahies Herne, Margie Skidders, Alicia Cook, Carrie Hill AKWESASNE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation, Bombay, NY

Natasha Smoke Santiago EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART OF SYRACUSE

Angela Ferguson, Douglas George, Daniel C. Hill, Jamie Jacobs, Lauren Jimerson, Tonia Loran-Galban,Marissa Manitowabi, Thomas R. Porter FRIENDS OF GANONDAGAN Irving, NY

Charity Jones and Kaycee Colburn JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Jamestown, NY

Raienkonnis Edwards KANATSIOHAREKE MOHAWK COMMUNITY Haudenosaunee Territories, Mohawk Valley, NY

Denise Silva-Dennis, Brianna Hernandez, Jeremy Dennis, Hunter Begun, MA’S HOUSE & BIPOC ART STUDIO INC. Shinnecock Nation, Suffolk County, NY

Danielle Schenandoah MUNSON-WILLIAMS-PROCTOR ARTS INSTITUTE Utica, NY

Faye Lone, Diane Schenandoah, Adriana Poulette, Jolene Patterson, Joshua Sargent, Marnie Billie, Afton Lewis, Caryn Miller, Emma Shenandoah, Roger Perkins REMATRIATION Haudenosaunee Territories, Onondaga County, NY

Wunutu Wequad and Christian Schulder, First Literature Project, PADOQUOHAN MEDICINE LODGE, GUILDHALL OF EAST HAMPTON Shinnecock Nation, Suffolk County, NY

Patrick Redeye, Maurice John, Jr., Tami Watt, Penny Minner, Jocelyn J. Jones, Leeora S. White, Brett Maybee,Olivia Sanford, Hilton Johnny-John, Cliff Redeye SENECA NATION OF INDIANS Seneca Nation Allegany Territory, Salamanca, NY

Mary Jacobs, Samantha Jacobs, Darelyn Spruce, Peter Jones SENECA NATION OF INDIANS STANLEY "SULLY" HUFF HERITAGE CENTER Irving, NY

Mexican Academy of Fine Arts and Sciences 
Ariel Award Nomination

Fuego (dir. Romina Diaz) for Best Animated Short film, a fictional portrait in stop-motion animation of an Indigenous woman trapped in an abusive relationship who faces the need to fight for her freedom. The film explores the current concerns of human rights activists about widespread violence against Indigenous women, in Mexico and internationally. Awards will be announced in October.

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