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June is Canada’s National Indigenous History Month

June 21 is Canada’s National Indigenous People’s Day

June is Pride Month, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of LGBTQIA+ people.

CANADA’S INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH

imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival

Every year for National Indigenous History Month, imagineNATIVE puts together a series of public programming throughout June. This includes Feature Friday online screenings (see below) and FLOW, new audio works in the iNdigital Space (see below). Indigenous creatives are invited to register to work with teams to develop interactive media and games in iN’s Land Jam (see below).

Feature Fridays

June 3 - 24. Free. Limited tickets. Tickets available on the imagineNATIVE website.

Three screenings online in Canada, each available for one week and one screening online internationally, available for one week. In US some titles are available free with VOD subscriptions and/or for rent on VOD platforms. Streaming in Canada starts at 10:00 am ET on the Friday noted. The series closes with a retrospective screening and artist talk from the iNOriginals collection. 

Friday, June 3

Angry Inuk Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. The first Feature Friday screening follows director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, as she joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. In Canada available free from this website. In US available free on Mobi and with subscriptions to Amazon Prime and Roku Channel, and also for rent.

Friday, June 10

Mothers of the Land/Sembradoras de vida Alvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento The film accompanies five women from the Peruvian Andean highlands in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land. Available worldwide

Friday, June 17

Boy Taika Waititi The journey of Boy, a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson! Boy is forced to confront the father he thought he remembered (played by Taika Waititi), find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. In Canada available free from this website. In US available free on Vudu and with subscriptions to Showtime/Showtime Anytime, Sling TV, Roku Channel, and fuboTV. Also available in US for rent.

Friday, June 24

Into the Water iNOriginals Screening and Artist Talk. Wrapping up National Indigenous History Month iN presents a retrospective screening and artist talk, with filmmakers discussing their imagineNATIVE Originals projects and the path their careers have taken since making these films. Available only in Canada.

The month of June

imagineNATIVE in partnership with the Canadian movie theater company Cineplex is co-presenting two Indigenous films in cinema, Portraits from a Fire, directed by Trevor Mack and Kayak to Klemtu directed by Zoe Hopkins. Throughout the month of June these films will be screened in 20 select theaters across Canada. Additionally, they can be enjoyed online along with a curated playlist of Indigenous films, available through the Cineplex Store. On June 21, Canada's Indigenous People's Day, $1 of every ticket purchased will be dedicated to imagineNATIVE. 

FLOW

Every Sunday at 10 am ET imagineNATIVE is releasing new audio works by six Indigenous artists that connect listeners to bodies of water through sonic storytelling. This is part of a special commissioning project entitled FLOW, Meditating on sites such as lakes, rivers, bays, glaciers, ponds, and seas, these unique works use sound to explore ancestral ontologies at the intersections of water, geographies, and Indigenous bodies. 

Sunday, June 12

Suzanne Morrisette. An artist, curator, and scholar who is currently based out of Toronto. She is guided in this work by her roles as a daughter, partner, mama, sister, niece, aunt, granddaughter, friend, and colleague. Casey Koyzen. A Tlicho Dene interdisciplinary artist from Yellowknife, NT, uses various mediums to communicate how culture and technology can grow together in order for us to develop a better understanding of who we are, where we come from, and what we will be in the future.

Sunday, June 19

Marc Fussing-Rosbach. An award winning Inuk filmmaker, from Greenland, CEO, and Founder of FUROS IMAGE. As an independent filmmaker, Marc does everything from start to finish working on feature films, short films, music videos, and trailers. Tom McLeod. An Inuvialuit storyteller from Aklavik, NT, tells stories of traditional Inuvialuit and Gwich’in activities such as hunting, trapping, fishing, and traveling his traditional lands across the NWT and Yukon.

Sunday, June 26

Pamela Palmater. An award-winning podcaster, who produces and hosts the Warrior Life podcast and the Warriors Kids podcast. Pam is also a lawyer and professor who has won many awards for her community-based work in relation to Indigenous rights, human rights, social justice, and climate action. Laura Ortman. A soloist musician, composer and vibrant collaborator, Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) creates across multiple platforms, including recorded albums, live performances, and filmic and artistic soundtracks.


LAND JAM
Wednesday, June 22 - Sunday, June 26

Near the end of June imagineNATIVE will be hosting the second iteration of LAND JAM, its very own Indigenous game jam. LAND JAM will take place over 5 days, from June 22 to June 26. Much like a hack-a-thon, Indigenous creatives will team up to make original works from scratch. It takes place virtually on Discord, and welcomes all Indigenous creatives. All works created during LAND JAM will be presented as part of a special showcase during the imagineNATIVE Festival in October! More information is available on the website. Register by filling out the online form by June 10This is a closed event for artists who have registered.

FILM FESTIVALS
Online/Hybrid

Newfest Pride

Last day! Available until June 6, 11:59 pm EDT. With purchase of a $30 streaming pass. This film is online only.

Wildhood Narrative feature. Canada. Bretten Hannam (Mi’kmaq) Link is a Two Spirit teenager raised by an abusive father. When he discovers that his mother, whom he’s been told is dead, may be alive, he runs away with his half brother in search of her and his Mi’kmaw heritage. As the pair hit the road, they meet Pasmay, another Two Spirit, who offers his help and acceptance.

Tribeca Festival - Immersive

June 11 - 19. AR in-person in New York City and available at home in US through TF’s virtual exhibition (instructions for how to access provided on TF website)

This is Not a Ceremony Niitsitapi artist Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) immerses audiences in an exercise of oral storytelling in this virtual reality work from the NFB, to witness a healing process and observe firsthand lives affected by colonialism. Inside this immersive virtual world, two Indigenous Trickster poets in mirrored red suits and long braids guide us on a journey in which community protocols confront our notions of personal responsibility. The pair’s sharp wit and caustic humor will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in First Nation communities. Matriarchs and Inii (buffalo) rule this virtual realm. They pull no punches, yet they lead with kindness, to bring us face-to-face with some of the grim realities Indigenous peoples have experienced.

Mountainfilm

Last day! Available until June 7, 11:45 pm MDT. Tickets. Online.

Feature documentaries 

Delikado The Philippines. Karl Malakunas. The island of Palawan has suffered devastating blows from illegal logging and fishing. Three environmental champions--a lawyer, an ex-illegal logger and a fearless politican--are seen as they work to save the precious land they call home. Preceded by Pili Ka Mo’o.

Horse Tamer France. Hamid Sardar. In the Darhat Valley of northern Mongolia, horses of the nomad tribes are being stolen and taken over the border into Siberia to slaughterhouses. The thieves themselves are members of Siberian Tuvan tribes. Filmed over 10 years, this documentary follows a Darhat horseman dedicated to protecting and reclaiming his herd, as the filmmaker probes what horse capture says about modern-day Mongolia.

The Territory Brazil, Denmark. Alex Pritz. In the shrinking Amazonian jungles of Brazil, an urgent, high-stakes struggle for survival is playing out for the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe. Preceded by ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught). Winner of the 2022 Moving Mountains Award.

FILM FESTIVALS
In-person

Black Hills Film Festival

May 31, June 3 - 6. Tickets and passes. In-person in Spearfish, Hot Springs, Hill City and Rapid City, South Dakota

In 2022 the Festival was held virtually in February, and, now in-person, is screening 7 new films not available in the virtual one earlier this year.

Institute for International Indigenous Resource Management
Indigenous Film and Arts Festival Monthly Series

Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 - 9:00 pm MDT. Free. In-person at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Night Raiders Narrative feature. Canada. Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis). “The year is 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage and love.

“Goulet says, ‘I wanted to create an oppressive regime, but … every single element in the film was something that already had been imposed on Indigenous people.’ Examining these issues through the lens of science-fiction gives audiences a new way to grapple with an uncomfortable subject matter. ‘Speculative fiction exists as a warning . . . but the impulse for it to happen again is always there,’ with the added specter of weaponized technology.” Live discussion/Q&A with director Danis Goulet will follow the film.

Tribeca Festival

June 8 - 19. Tickets and passes. In-person in New York City and online. 

The 2022 Tribeca Festival features 12 days of events and experiences across New York City followed by selected programming online, with a curated lineup of films, live concerts, performances, talks, and demonstrations.

Tickets. In-person only Lakota Nation vs. United States Feature documentary US. Jesse Short Bull (Oglala Lakota) and Laura Tomaselli. Executive producers: Mark Ruffalo. Sarah Eagle Heart, Kathryn Everett and Bryn Mooser. Considered the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Očéti Šakówiŋ since time immemorial--is the life-giving land known as the Black Hills. Written and narrated by acclaimed Oglala poet Layli Long Soldier, this new documentary reflects the strength of the Oyate. Using rich archival material, on-the-ground footage and intimate interviews with veteran activists and young leaders, it is a visually stunning rejoinder to the distorted image of a people long-shaped by Hollywood. This is in Documentary Competition section.

Tribeca Talks: Unpacking the Ethics & Art of Film Curation: A Conversation with the Programmers of Colour Collective
Friday, June 10, 1:00 pm EDT. Free. In-person in New York City.

Members of the Programmers of Colour Collective discuss the challenges and responsibilities of the film curation process. With Cedar Sherbert (Kumeyaay), Faridah Gbadamosi, Jeanelle Augustin, CR Capers and Shakira Refos.

See above for Tribeca Festival-Immersive AR selection This Is Not a Ceremony

Cine las Americas

June 8 - 12. Tickets. In-person in San Antonio, Texas

The film festival showcases films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinxs in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about Indigenous groups of the Americas are also featured.

Narrative Features - Competition and Showcase

Utama Bolivia. Alejandro Loayza Grisi. In Quechua and Spanish. Elderly Quechua couple Virginio and Sisa live quiet, mundane lives in the Bolivian highlands tending to their herd of llamas. But the passage of time and an unusually long drought brought on by environmental change threaten their pastoral existence. When their grandson Clever comes to visit and help them with the animals, he also tries to persuade them to join him in the city where family can care for them. A drama that provides subtle commentary on the impact of climate crisis and the loss of Indigenous traditions. Winner of Sundance Film Festival Jury Award for World Cinema - Dramatic.

Husek Argentina. Daniela Seggiaro. In Spanish and Wichí Lhamtés. A multi-million dollar urbanization project for the indigenous territory of Gran Chaco threatens to relocate Wichi families and disrupt their ancestral way of life. Chief Valentino and his grandson refuse to comply, which nudges architect Ana to own up to her role in their displacement.

Wildhood Canada. Bretten Hannam (Mi’kmaq) Link is a Two-Spirit teenager raised by an abusive father. When he discovers that his mother, whom he’s been told is dead, may be alive, he runs away with his half brother in search of her and his Mi’kmaw heritage. As the pair hit the road, they meet Pasmay, another Two-Spirit, who offers his help and acceptance.

Documentary Features - Competition, Showcase and Panorama

Daughter of a Lost Bird US. Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet, Salish). Kendra Mylnechuk, who is also a producer on this film, grew up in white suburbia knowing little of her Lummi heritage. The search for her birth mother leads her to face a legacy of family trauma and joy.

Gods of Mexico US, Mexico, Poland. Helmut Dosantos. Diverse communities of rural Mexico fight to preserve their cultural identity in the shadows of modernization.

The Territory Brazil, Denmark. Alex Pritz. In the shrinking Amazonian jungles of Brazil, an urgent, high-stakes struggle for survival is playing out for the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe.

Mariposas del Campo US. Bill Yahraus. Indigenous Mixtec, Zapotec, and Purépecha teenagers from Mexico strive to change their families’ destinies in the strawberry fields of Oxnard, California. Through a stormy year of sanctioned racism and anti-immigrant sentiment, the film--with help from the teens’ own videos--captures the multiple challenges they face, and the hopes they bring to them.

Indigenous short films include:

Imalirijit (Beautiful).Tim, a young father living in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, wants to study water quality to benefit his community, starting on an inspiring journey that will lead to empowerment and cultural revitalization. La pantalla andina (The Andean Movie Screen). An expedition to bring cinema to a school in the isolated Jujuy Andes in northern Argentina, the first time the six students have experienced the magic of cinema. Also Indigenous short films in the Teach for America Showcase.

Provincetown Film Festival

June 15 - 19. Tickets. In-person in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Wildhood Canada. Canada. Bretten Hannam (Mi’kmaq). In a rural east-coast trailer park, Link lives with his toxic father and younger half-brother Travis. When Link discovers his Mi’kmaw mother could still be alive, it lights a flame and the boys make a run for a better life. On the road they meet Pasmay, a pow wow dancer drawn to Link. As the three journey across Mi’kma’ki, Link finds community, identity, and love.

A Love Song US. Max Walker-Silverman. Faye (Dale Dickey) is a lone traveler biding her time fishing, birding, and stargazing at a rural Colorado campground as she awaits the arrival of Lito (Wes Studi), a figure from her past who is navigating his own tentative and nomadic journey across the rugged West. Channeling the heartbreak and resilience of Americans in search of themselves and others — on the road, in the margins, and off the beaten path.

The Territory Brazil, Denmark. Alex Pritz. The work, beautifully filmed, follows the fight of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people in Brazil as they fight to defend their land from non-Indigenous farmers intent on colonizing their protected territory in the Amazon rainforest

African Diaspora International Film Festival Film Series 
and Facets Media

June 12, 7:30 pm CDT. Tickets. In-person in Chicago.

Loimata: The Sweetest Tears Documentary feature. New Zealand, Samoa. Anna Marbrook. The redemptive tale of captain and waka builder Lilo Ema Siope’s final years which includes a voyage back to the family home in Samoa, the confrontation of family trauma and the moving experience of family healing.

CREATIVITY
In-person: A Gathering, Theater

Abrons Art Center
Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

June 16, 6:30 pm EDT. Free. RSVP (first come, first served). In-person in New York City.

Guest artists and organizers share stories and performances in honor and protection of the land, water, and air of Lenapehoking, the homelands of the Lenapeyok, where Abrons Arts Center is located. This monthly series is organized by Indigenous creatives Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet.

Autry Museum of the American West
28th Native Voices Festival of New Plays

June 11 - 12. Free. Reservations required. In-person in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 11, 2:30 pm PDT

Bad Medicine P.C. Verrone (Osage, Kiowa). Aislin and her husband Cesar are excited to settle into their new home in Proctor, Massachusetts. Even their nosy white neighbors seem nice enough. But as Aislin becomes aware of strange occurrences surrounding her job at the Natural History Museum, she starts to wonder if there might be something insidious beneath the sleepy town. After Shannon— her only Native coworker— mysteriously disappears, she realizes the nightmares she's been having may be more than just dreams. Will she discover the town's secrets, or will her insecurities keep her from pursuing the truth?

Sunday, June 12, 2:30 pm PDT

Four Women in Red Laura Shamas (Chickasaw). 5712...that's the number of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. In Four Women in Red, four Native American women of different generations search for those who have disappeared. Overcoming tragedy, loss, lack of support, and heartbreak, they band together to search above and beyond to bring their loved ones home. What would you do to find a loved one? Is it better to have hope? Or to have closure?

TALKING ABOUT

Banff World Media Festival 
Indigenous Screen Summit

June 12 - 15. Professional passes. In-person in Banff, Alberta

The first in-person Indigenous Screen Summit--"exploring Indigenous ideas, perspectives and representations on screen”--is being organized as part of the Banff World Media Festival, in partnership with Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office and the Canada Media Fund. The summit is anchored by a half-day Pitch Forum financing event on Sunday, June 12, where Indigenous producers and creators have the opportunity to pitch their in-development scripted programs to panels of Canadian and international buyers, as well as an industry audience. This is followed by some Indigenous-led discussions on following days as part of the Banff Festival program.

Monday, June 13. Master Class: Rutherford Falls award-winning comedy series starting Season 2. With co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas and Erin Underhill, President, Universal Television

Tuesday, June 14. Master Class: Reclaim(ed). Snapchat’s first Canadian Snap Original explores important topics aiming to reframe and reclaim Indigenous cultural traditions, created and produced by Indigenous-owned Eagle Vision. With Rebecca Gibson, Executive Producer, Eagle Vision; Amanda Krentzman, Series Development Lead, International Snap Originals; Kairyn Potts, host of Snap Original Reclaim(ed); Dinae Robinson, co-showrunner, writer, director; moderated by Shannon Baker, Indigenous creative

Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival
Panel: When the “F” in Film Stands for “Family”

Free. Online

Official selections in this year's Cascadia festival included several films drawn from the filmmakers' own lives or stories. Some of the directors and those who appear in the films discuss the challenges, the problems that come up in telling a story taken from your family. While it makes a film more personal does it also skew artistic/creative judgement? How do they resolve conflicts with story for dramatic purposes? How is it to work with family under filming conditions. Moderater: Virginia Bogert, president emerita of Women in Film Seattle and curator of the Post Alley Film Festival in Seattle.

Panelists:

  • Ashley Paige Brim, director, The Goldfish
  • Asivak Koostachin (Cree, Inuit), actor, son of director Jules Koostachin
  • Jules Koostachin (Attawapiskat First Nation) director, OChiShwaCho
  • Nina Lee, director, Artistic
  • Nancy Svendsen, director, Pasang:In the Shadow Everest
  • Dorjee Sherpa, who appears in Svendsen's film and who is brother of Pasang

Panels: Building Multiracial Democracy in the West: 
Lessons from Western Pasts and Towards Democratic Futures

Free. Online

This two-part series, produced by the Nelson Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College and the Mahindra Center at Harvard University and initially held in 2021, addresses the paradox of the American West as a historically--and increasingly--diverse multiracial meeting ground as well as a still-mythic landscape shrouded in historical erasures of such diversity by forces of settler colonialism and white supremacy. At a moment when these fractures continue legacies of violence and displacement within our shared landscapes, the goal of the series is to re-envision a healthy civic life in the West by bridging pasts and futures.

Lessons from Western Pasts
Where and in what forms has multiracial democracy existed, if at all? What have been the barriers to its realization, and how have they manifested for different groups in different places? What lessons from western pasts must we remember and carry forward in actualizing multiracial democracy in the future?

Panelists:

  • Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian-American Studies, UCLA
  • Maurice Crandall (Yavapai-Apache), Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College
  • Alaina Roberts, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mary Mendoza, Historian, Penn State University
  • Moderator: Cori Tucker-Price, Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnicity, Race and Migration in the U.S. Context, Dartmouth College

Towards Democratic Futures
This panel addresses the challenges and opportunities of actualizing multiracial democracy in the present and future. Drawing from their own experiences building coalitions and affecting change at different scales of policy and governance, and without assuming that multiracial democracy is an intended outcome, panelists will discuss the future of community building across lines of racial difference. Panelists address whether and how U.S. multiracial democracy can be compatible with Native sovereignty, what forms of recourse and reparations are needed to atone for past injustices in different communities, and what shared futures are possible and what historical differences must be respected among different groups.

Panelists:

  • State Rep. Charlene Fernandez, Democratic Caucus Leader of the AZ House of Representatives
  • Laura Martin, Executive Director, PLAN Action
  • Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), Founder and Executive Director, IllumiNative
  • Corey Matthews, COO, Community Coalition of Louisiana
  • Moderator: Daniel Grant, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

READING ABOUT

"Jana Schmieding Navigates Single Life with Indica and Stevie Nicks" by Chris Kornelis in the New York Times, June 2/3, 2022. The Rutherford Falls co-star talks about beading for joy, writing to Fleetwood Mac and (mostly) avoiding ghosts. Schmieding is part of two shows that are providing that context. In FX’s Reservation Dogs, she plays an Indian Health Service receptionist, a role that she says is being expanded in the second season. She’s also a writer and co-star on Peacock’s “Rutherford Falls,” a show about a town, a neighboring tribe and a reckoning of their shared history that’s inspired by a statue of “Big Larry,” the town’s founder.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Hot Docs

Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary

The Wind Blows the Border Brazil. Directors: Laura Faerman, Marina Weis. Producers: Rodrigo Díaz Diaz, Luis Ludmer. The film documents an unfolding natural crisis rooted in human social conflict. At the border between Brazil and Paraguay right wing landowners strongly support an anti-Indigenous agenda and are confronted by powerful Indigenous resistance. Features leader and activist Alenir Ximendes (Guaraní-Kaiowa)

First Prize - HOT DOCS first look
The Queendom Mexico. Dir: Otilia Portillo. Producer: Paula Arroio Sandoval, Oscura Producciones S.A. de C.V. Three Mexican Indigenous scientists—all women—partner with mushrooms to fight for their territories. 

Hot Docs first look is a curated access program for philanthropic supporters of and investors in documentary film that grants behind-the-scenes access to the world of documentary. The first prize is $25,000 Canadian.

Visual Communication
AWC/Armed with a Camera Fellowship 

In its 20th season, the Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists aims to develop the next generation of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander artists. For the 2022-2023 cycle, the selected fellows are filmmakers of Pasifika descent who wish to utilize film to amplify the cultures, histories and perspectives of the Indigenous peoples, including Hawai’i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sámoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and additional Pacific islands.

  • Veialu Aila-Unsworth, Papua New Guinea and British descent
  • Pumehana Cabral (Kanaka ‘Oiwi (Native Hawaiian))
  • Peter Filimaua, Mexican and Samoan descent
  • Alexis Si’i, Mexican and Samoan descent
  • Lauren To’omalatai (Samoan)
  • Misa Tupou (Tongan)

First Peoples Fund Awards

Community Spirit Awards

Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional Native artists and culture bearers across the country through the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. These artists embody their people's cultural assets in their creations and their way of life.

  • Ed Carriere (Suquamish)
  • Renee Dillard (Odawa)
  • Shawn Brigman (Spokane)
  • Charlie Soap (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

The following two groups of First Peoples Fund fellows are comprised of distinguished artists, performers, writers, designers, and cultural practitioners whose work exemplifies the rich cultural diversity and highly sophisticated nature of Indigenous art practices today.

Artist in Business Leadership

  • Aveda Adara (Navajo)
  • Kaylene Big Knife (Chippewa Cree)
  • Elexa Dawson (Citizen Potawatomi)
  • Shauna Elk (Standing Rock Sioux)
  • Madie Goodnight (Chickasaw)
  • Shayna Grandbois-Herrera (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
  • Tara Gumapac (Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian))
  • Shanon Twoshields Hale (Three Affiliated Tribes Mandan)
  • Josephine Hoffman (Grand Portage Anishinaabe)
  • Del Curfman (Crow)
  • Samuel LaFountain (Diné, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)
  • Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian))
  • Carrie Moran (Little Shell Chippewa)
  • Laura Young Bird (Chippewa Grand Portage Band)
  • Tsanavi Spoonhunter (Northern Arapaho)
  • Tash Terry (Navajo)
  • Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi)
  • Stacy Wells (Choctaw)
  • Ursala Hudson (Tlingit)

Cultural Capital Fellows

  • Thomas Stillday (Red Lake)
  • Kaonelani Davis (Native Hawaiian)
  • Emma Hildebrand (Upper Tanana Athabascan)
  • Blossom Johnson (Navajo)
  • Wetalu Rodriguez (Nimiipuu)
  • Ronald Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa)
  • Claire Charlo (Salish/Kootenai)

Indigenous Roots and the McKnight Foundation
Fellowship for Culture Bearers

In 2022 the inaugural McKnight Culture Bearers Fellowship was launched to support four Culture Bearers in Minnesota who practice sacred and healing lifeways and share cultural art practices across generations. Fellows receive public recognition and a $25,000 unrestricted award in support of their cultural practice. Additionally, fellows receive access to Indigenous Roots facilities, resources and partner organizations.

  • James Simas (Seneca)
  • Suzanne Thao (Hmong)
  • Kathryn Haddad
  • Amoke Kubat
New ICT logo

Indigenous Media Initiatives was founded in 2014 as a consulting and advocacy organization for Indigenous film and art practices. IMI's creative director is Elizabeth Weatherford, emeritus director of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.