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Observing the shared holidays that think of family through generations of the living and dead and that conjure up images of the past through ghostly remembrances, sometimes a joyful reunion, sometimes just spooky, and sometimes set in a dystopian world where the story confronts how “normal” Indigenous life has been upended by the effects of colonization. For some of the most excellent of the latter, we have gratitude for the work of the late Jeff Barnaby and we’ve included a link below to one his short films.

And for thoughtful consideration read “My Culture is Not Your Hallowe’en Costume,” by Star Diavolikis in Central Washington University’s The Observer, October 20, 2022.

9th Biennial Vision Maker Media Film Festival

Oct 10-Nov 11. Free. Hybrid. In-person in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each week's screenings are nline at VMM website

Oct 31-Nov 6: Ooh Scary Three narrative films for Hallowe’en. See the trailers.

The Dead Can’t Dance Rodrick Pocowatchit
The Vampire Upstairs  Joseph Singh
Shadow Dancer  LaRonn Katchia, Isaac Trimble

File Under Miscellaneous

File Under Miscellaneous Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaq). Produced by Isuma TV. ** This video may not be suitable for all viewers; parental guidance is advised **

Set in a dystopic metropolitan hellscape: a Mi'kmaq man (Glen Gould), spiritually exhausted by the racism he faces, has resolved to assimilate into the dominant culture. He visits a surgical clinic and undergoes invasive surgery to become white.

The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 31st Genie Awards. Its US premier was at the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival at NMAI in New York.

National Museum of the American Indian
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is a time for remembrance and celebration of ancestors.

Oct. 26 - Nov. 2. Free. In-person in Washington D.C.

An ofrenda (altar) will be featured in the museum's atrium. Visitors can also view short videos of previous Day of the Dead programs and can create paper butterflies for a display in honor of their loved ones.

Oct. 29 Queltzal Free performance. In-person in NMAI Atrium in Washington DC. A concert featuring the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal, a bilingual rock group with roots in the cultural and social justice landscape of East Los Angeles. This is a co-presentation of NMAI and the National Museum of the American Latino.

Oct. 29 Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Free performances. In-person in NMAI Auditorium in New York City. This day for the entire family will feature traditional dances by the Aztec dance troupe Cetiliztli Nauhcampa around the community ofrenda to honor the ancestors.

New York University 
CLACPI/Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Fri, Oct. 28 6-7:30 at NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center in New York

Macario (1960) Narrative feature. Mexico. Roberto Gavaldón. In Spanish with English subtitles. On the Dia de los Muertes, three mysterious deities visit impoverished Indigenous peasant Macario (Ignacio López Tarso) when his wife (Pina Pellicer) prepares his favorite meal, a whole turkey. After withholding the succulent bird from both God (José Luis Jiménez) and the Devil (José Gálvez), Macario finally offers half to Death (Enrique Lucero), and as a reward, Death offers Macario healing water. For a review that sees the significance of the story as a tale about the strong place of death in Mexican cultural outlooks and the power of the Church in the colonization of Indigenous Mexico go to “’Macario’: Mexico’s Intimacy with Death” on the Dread Central website. Although the film, a 1960s take on Indigenous life, has no Indigenous creator involvement, its metaphoric visualization opens up a good discussion.

Festivals, Screening Series
Online and Hybrid

imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival 

Oct 24-30. Online. Individual tickets and Virtual Screenings Pass. Individual films are available in varying regions. Go to the festival’s website to read feature film descriptions and find out about each short film program. N.B. - there are limited tickets for each virtual screening.

(Related: Actor Gary Farmer honored at film festival)

Seven Ridges 
“Nebula” - 10 short films that were programmed with the festival’s in-person feature films
“432 Hz: Cosmic Frequencies” - music videos 
“iN Originals” - shorts produced by imagineNATIVE 

North America and Europe
A Winter Love

North America
Powerful Chief 

Canada only
Bring Her Home 
Kaatohkitopii: The Horse He Never Rode
ŠAAMŠIǨ – Great Grandmothers HatThe Drovers Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson 

Ontario only
Broken Angel/MaaShwaKan MaNiTo 
We Are Still Here 

Shorts Programs Most films available worldwide, some geoblocked

1 “Little Story,” 2 "Twin Stars," 3 “Big Stars,” 4 “Grandmother Moon,” 5 “Guiding Stars,” 6 “Milky Way,” 7 “Interstellar,” 8 “Mothership l,” 9 “Mothership ll,” 10 “Aurora Borealis,” 11 “Aurora Australis,” 12 “Dark Matter,” 13 “Twinkle, Twinkle”

Here is a Program example:
Program 2 “Twin Stars”
Braided Together – Worldwide, Chaac and Yum – Worldwide, Li HiNG MUi – Worldwide, Seeds – Worldwide, The Old Man Next Door – Worldwide, Dead Bird Hearts – North America Only, Better At Texting – North America Only, Nimeshkanaminan (Our way) – Canada Only, Once Upon a Time in the Bay – In Person Only

9th Biennial Vision Maker Media Film Festival 

Oct. 10-Nov. 11. Free. Hybrid. In-person in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each week's screenings and trailers for upcoming films are online at VMM website

“Together,” the theme for this year’s Vision Maker Media Film Festival, refers to our collective immersion into Indigenous stories. The festival offers approximately 30 outstanding Native American and Alaska Native films through 5 weekly programs and one program that continues throughout the festival.

Oct. 17-23: Alaska Natives 

Aleut Story Karen Lynn Weinberg. From isolated internment camps in southeast Alaska to Congress and the White House, this is the untold story of Aleut-Americans’ decades-long struggle for human and civil rights.

Finding Refuge Torsten Kjellstrand. While growing up on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Isabella Blatchford’s mother and grandmother urged her to deny her Alutiiq heritage to avoide the shame of being labeled “Native.” But as an adult, Isabella returns to investigate and embrace her heritage, and follows a quest to go to the island where the Russian fur traders invaded in 1784, committing a massacre of Alutiiq people that set off the conquest of Alaska by the Russians and a period of cultural destruction.

We Breathe Again Marsh Chamberlain, Evon Peter. In the 1700’s the battle to claim Alaska and its peoples began, setting into motion disruptive changes that led to many painful scars. This documentary intimately explores the lives of four Alaska Native people, each confronting the impacts of historic and contemporary trauma.

Smokin’ Fish Cory Mann, Luke Griswold-Tergis. Cory Mann, Tlingit, is a businessman in Juneau who gets hungry for traditionally smoked salmon and decides to spend the summer smoking fish at a family traditional fish camp. And struggles to pay his bills and keep his business afloat.

Oct. 24-30: Language

Keep Talking  Karen Lynn Weinberg. Four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, a critically endangered language with only 41 fluent Elders remain. At language immersion camp, young Sadie is inspired and over the course of the film evolves from painful shyness into a powerful young woman with a strong connection to her culture.

Chasing Voices  Daniel Golding. The life story of controversial ethnographer John Peabody Harrington. Beginning in 1907 he crisscrossed the US searching and documenting “dying” Native American languages, amassing over a million pages of notes on over 150 different tribal languages. Although he guarded his research obsessively, today his work is available and being used by tribes to revive their once dormant languages.

Rising Voices  Lawrence Hott. The imminent peril to the Lakota language is seen in the context of the attempt by the US to annihilate the language, the rise of immersion language schools, and the participation of many in the rescue of the language. This history is interwoven with present-day short films about the culture created by Lakota filmmakers and artists.

Oct. 10 - Nov. 11: Short Films/Youth Films

Injunuity Adrian Baker x 8 (Buried, Turtle Island, Two Spirit, Anthem, The Great Law, Tongues, Wampum, and Rez Babies). Injunuityis a mix of animation, music and real voices collected from interviews with Native Americans across the country to create a distinct view of modern America from a uniquely contemporary Native perspective.

Sister Wolves Ben-Alix Dupris. An animation about love, jealousy and consequences. Based on an oral history from the San Pollregion of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

19th Indigenous Film & Arts Festival - Monthly Series
"Our Stories - Short Films"

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:00-8:30 pm MDT. Online. Free with registration at website

Three shorts followed by a live Zoom conversation with the filmmakers.

Onyionhwentsïio' (Our Wonderful Land) Nicolas Renaud (Huron-Wendat First Nation). An animation, based in archival photos from the late 19th to mid-20th century featuring Wendat and Innu guides hired by private fish and game clubs, with a poem by Jean Sioui (Wendat). Savage/Future Terry Jones (Seneca). Editing to the soundscape of shaking Iroquois white corn and tapping, personal and historic still images to link the filmmaker’s family and the American Indian boarding school experience. Mokadjige Craig Commanda (Anishinaabe). Through a collage of sights and sounds from nature, cityscapes and the filmmaker’s three-dimensional beadwork, a meditation and commentary on the contrasts and similarities of modern ways of living and the natural world that we inhabit.

16th Native Spirit Film Festival - Online Program
Changer: A Hand Telling

Through Sun, Nov. 12. Pay as you wish. Online internationally through Eventive 

Changer: A Hand Telling Narrative feature. US. Howie Seago, Kyle Seago, Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, Comanche).. An innovative deaf-centric and Native-centric filmed performance with deaf Native storytellers, this is a cinematic take on Coast Salish origin stories. The 75-minute narrative follows mythic characters into a future transformed by tribes exercising sovereign treaty rights. Filmed on the traditional lands of the Lower Elwha s’Klallam tribe. 

From the original play by Fern Naomi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Omaha, Seneca-Cayuga) and Robert Fernandez (Lower Elwha s’Klallam, Makah). Central to this project is Dr. Melanie McKay-Cody(Cherokee), director of Artistic Sign Langauge and Native cultural consultant.The film was originally programmed by Native Spirit in observation of the International Week of Deaf People, Sept 19-25, and International Day of Sign Languages, Sept 23.

IDA/International Documentary Association 
Members’ Screening Series

Lakota Nation vs. the United States

Online in US: Oct. 24-31.  Free. For members of International Documentary Association & AMPAS members only. Membership is at various level of benefits 

Lakota Nation vs. the United States US. Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli.The documentary chronicles the Lakota quest to reclaim the Black Hills, sacred land that was stolen in violation of treaty agreements. A searing, timely portrait of resistance, the film explores the ways America has ignored its debt to Indigenous communities, and ponders what might be done today to repair the wrongs of the past.

Film Festivals, Screenings 
In-person - North Carolina, London, Morelia

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival
La Llorona

Sat, Oct. 29, 7 pm. Tickets. In-person at Duke University in Durham
La Llorona Narrative feature. Guatemala. Jayro Bustamante. In Spanish with English subtitles. This allegorical horror tale, shortlisted in 2021 for the Best International Feature Oscar, draws on the genocidal reign of José Efraín Ríos Montt, who died in 2018 but whose crimes still haunt the land, to weave a spooky tale of class disparity and the systematic slaughtering of indigenous people that devastated Guatemala in the second half of the 20th century.

16th Native Spirit Film Festival 

Oct. 28-Nov. 12. Tickets. Hybrid. In-person in London. Some works are available online.

Fri, Oct. 28 Opening Night:  Yma o Hyd (Still Here) Tickets. In-person at the London Welsh Center. An evening of films by Indigenous filmmakers celebrating Native languages, culture and future generations.

Sat, Oct. 29, Thurs, Nov. 3, Sun, Nov. 6 In-person at MUSE at 269. Experimental and documentary films by leading international Indigenous filmmakers and artists

Sat, Nov. 4 Tickets. In-person in Acklam Village. Burkinabè Rising and Burkinabè Bounty. Two films about resistance and agroecology in Burkina Faso.

Through Sun, Nov. 12 Pay as you wish. Online internationally. 
Changer: A Hand Telling For description see Online Festivals section.

20th FICM/Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia

Oct. 22-29. Tickets. In-person in Morelia, Michoacán.

Each year the extensive Morelia International Film Festival, including international films and rich offerings from Mexican cinema, focuses on Indigenous film in both its annual Foro de los Pueblos Indígenas/Indigenous Forum, and some programming (especially works from Michoacán and Mexico in general). This year also includes a retrospective selection from Imcine, the national Mexican Film Institute. The festival’s online film catalog has an interactive table of contents and is easily searchable for titles and filmmaker information.


Screenings and discussions


Largometrajes | Feature Films

  • Mamá Xun Sero (Tzotzil)
  • Mi no lugar (My Non Place) Isis Ahumada
  • Plegaria (Orison/Prayer) Roberto Olivares

Cortometrajes | Short Films

  • 3 días, 3 años Florencia Gómez Santiz (Tzeltal) 30:15 min.
  • La Baláhna Xóchitl Enríquez Mendoza (Zapotec) 15 min.
  • El cielo es muy bonito Aracely Méndez (Tzeltal) 17:17 min.
  • Cuentos mixe Galileo Beethoven Genaro Domínguez (Mixe) 19 min.
  • La lengua y el olvido José Lomas Herbert (Teenek) 19 min.
  • Ñuhu Julio César Saavedra (Mixtec) 24 min.
  • Piedra Salvador Martínez Chacruna (Otomí) 15:12 min.

Mamá (Mom) Documentary feature. Xun Sero “As a Tsotsil Mexican man, I grew up between the holiness of Our Lady of Guadalupe and that of Mother Earth. As a son, I grew up both mocked for not having a father and blaming my own mother for it. Mom is a dialogue between mother and son: exploring their contradictions, knowing and recognizing each other, and reflecting on normalized violence and its perpetuation.”

Mi no lugar (My Non Place) Documentary feature. Isis Ahumada Monroy. Documentary feature. Jonathan migrates from Guerrero to Colima as a young boy, sent away by his day laborer parents who encourage him to continue school, and return later. But things don’t turn out as expected.

Plegaria (Orison/Prayer) Documentary feature. Roberto Olivares. Don Martín Severiano assumes the community role of rezandero in Yoloxóchitl, Guerrero, after the mysterious murder of his predecessor. He performs community ceremonies, card readings, and spiritual cleanses. Many of the people who seek him out have problems related to violence. No one imagined what would happen to him.

Ñuhu (Seres Sagrados/Sacred Beings) Desiderio, a farmer from the south of Mexico, makes an offering to the Tupa, the ancient spirit of the hills, on whom his grandparents once called for rain and harvest. At nightfall, as he rests by the campfire, the mysterious being guides him deep into an ancestral memory.

El cielo es muy bonito (The sky is very pretty) A shelter in southern Mexico offers refuge to women and girls experiencing migration from different perspectives and with different consequences.

3 días, 3 años (3 days, 3 years). Elena, a Tzotzil woman from San Andrés Larráinzar, Chiapas, is confronted by the customary law of her people when an almost entirely male community assembly appoints her as a municipal trustee. During her term of office, the traditional forms of masculinity begin to be questioned.

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La Baláhna (Maidenhood) Catalina submits to the tradition of her people, la baláhna, to demonstrate her purity and her worth as a woman to her beloved, but her body betrays her: she fails to prove her chastity. What future awaits her?

Cuentos Mixe (Mixe Legends) This animation immerses us in the story of two children who are taken away by the god of water. The film explores the indigenous culture and traditions of Santo Domingo Tepuxtepec in the Mixe region of Oaxaca, as the young protagonist tries to recovers stories he was told as a child.

La lengua y el olvido (The Void Between) In the highlands of La Huasteca Potosina, Valente and his grandparents wander the rainy trails each day in hopes of finding his father, Ernesto, who has been missing for seven years. Life, death, and silent pain will lead Valente to an encounter in which he will no longer doubt his language or that long-awaited void.

Piedra (Stone) In the north of Toluca, three indefatigable characters survive by carving and grinding stone, a practice on the verge of disappearance. The “heart of stone” symbolizes a source of sacred and collective memory that lives inside the quarry, capable of curing diseases. When you find this “heart,” you find the key that opens the last door into the self.


Mon Oct 24 "The word and the image: narratives of identity from Indigenous communities" with Julio César Saavedra, Hugo Espinosa, Salvador Martínez and Galileo Beethoven Genaro Domínguez.

Wed Oct 26 "Indigenous women in the cinema: view from intimacy" with Aracely Méndez, Florencia Gómez, Isis Ahumada and Xun Sero

Workshop in Film Project Development

A workshop designed specifically for young Indigenous women filmmakers in Mexico with projects already in development, both in-person during FICM 2022 with virtual sessions over the next 4 months. Five filmmakers selected to participate in this initiative are Florencia Gómez Santiz (Chiapas), Aracely Méndez (Chiapas), Isis Ahumada (Colima), Celina Yunuen Manuel (Michoacán) and Rosalba López (Michoacán). Made possible with support from the American Film Showcase through the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and the US Embassy.

Other films at FICM 2022 with Indigenous content 

Almas de fuego Cristian Cabada. A documentary about traditional pottery-making processes carried out by Nahua women from the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz. A poetic dialogue emerges on this journey through a traditional craft, where the potters’ wisdom, memory, and skill are intertwined.

La montaña/On the Mountain Diego Enrique Osorno. More than 500 years after Columbus sailed to the Americas, seven indigenous Maya members of the EZLN cross the Atlantic to share the history of their resistance in the mountains of Chiapas, hoping to find the European social movement waking up from its pandemic dormancy.

Las huellas que vamos dejando/The Path We Are Leaving Andrés Alonso Ayala. In the community of Cresencio Morales, a form of self-government has emerged to keep illegal logging and organized crime at bay. The forest and community security force, made up of both women and men, is constantly combatting the threats that besiege their community. Its goal is to ensure the care of its forests and the peace of its inhabitants.

Las nubes son de música/Clouds Are Made of Music Enrique García Meza The sound of life coming through the clouds introduces the story of the Philharmonic Band of Ayutla Mixe, Oaxaca, a place immersed in nature and music. Among its inhabitants are Brandon, his grandmother Doña Luciana, Don Fidel, and Adanelly. One day in December, the town is plunged into total silence.

Un lugar llamado música/A Place Called Music Enrique Muñoz Rizo. A documentary that emerges from the unlikely connection between the musicians and composers Daniel Medina de la Rosa and Philip Glass. Medina hails from the region around Real de Catorce in the remote mountainous area of the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, a small colonialized town which is the site of both Catholic and Wixárica (Huichol) religious pilgrimages.

Two works, produced by IMCINE, Mexico's National Film Institute, were directed by Nicholás Echevarría: Teshuinada, Tarahumara Holy Week A documentary that presents the Holy Week of the Rarámuri in the town of Batopilas. During the celebration, inhabitants of neighboring villages gather to take part in dances, games, and ritual fights—accompanied always by teshuino, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented corn. Campesino Poets follows a local circus group—made up of a poet and two little acrobats—during the festivities of San Felipe Otlaltepec, a village in the state of Puebla. Its inhabitants are so devoted to their local celebrations that they become unwitting participants in the show.

Theater, Exhibitions, Symposium

The Public Theater
Where We Belong

Oct 28 - Nov 27. Tickets. In-person in New York City. Daily at 8:00 except for Mondays and Nov 23-24. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday (no 8:00 performance on Sundays).

New York Premiere. Where We Belong by Madeline Sayet (Mohegan). Directed by Mei Ann Teo. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece, Sayet asks us what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world. In 2015, she moved to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, grappling with the question of what it means to remain or leave. Moving between nations that have failed to reckon with their ongoing roles in colonialism, she finds comfort in the journeys of her Native ancestors who crossed the ocean in the 1700s to help her people. Originally produced in Washington, D.C. with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with Folger Shakespeare Library.

CCA/Center for Contemporary Art  
Self-Determined: A Contemporary Survey of Native and Indigenous Artists

Aug 18-Nov 2, Fri-Sun. Admission. In-person at the CCA Gallery in Santa Fe

A group exhibition featuring 13 artists working in various media including film, installation, photography, sound, beadwork, and studio arts. All are engaged with issues that pervade contemporary art dialogue today—such as engaging with their environment, exploring mythologies, reworking traditions, and utilizing technology in both formal and conceptual investigations at the intersection of customary Native techniques or Indigenous philosophies. Curated by CCA’s first Indigenous Executive Director, Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) and CCA’s Programs Coordinator, Kiersten Fellrath.

  • Jordan Ann Craig (Northern Cheyenne)
  • Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock)
  • Demian DinéYazhi’ (Diné, born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá [Zuni Clan Water’s Edge] & Tódích’íí’nii [Bitter Water])
  • Carly Feddersen (Okanogan, Arrow Lakes, German, and English)
  • RYAN! Feddersen (Okanogan, Arrow Lakes, German, and English)
  • Anna Hoover (Norwegian/Unangax̂)
  • Ursala Hudson (Tlingit)
  • Chaz John (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Mississippi Band Choctaw, European)
  • Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) (1968-2021)
  • Ian Kuali’i (Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Shis Inday (Mescalero Apache))
  • Erica Lord (Tanana Athabascan, Inupiaq, Finnish, Swedish, English and Japanese)
  • Hoka Skenandore (Oneida, Oglala Lakota, Luiseno, and Chicano)
  • Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota)

Oct 1 - Dec 31. Free. In-person in Toronto

This major exhibition features the work of 12 artists from across 3 continents, with painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video and performance pieces, taking on issues of climate change and globalized indigeneity during a time of crisis. The show comes out of the Arctic/Amazon initiative developed since 2019 under the auspices of the Wapatah Centre of Indigenous Visual Knowledge which is directed by Dr. Gerald McMaster. The show is co-curated by Dr. McMaster and his collaborator on the initiative, Dr. Nina Vincent, researcher at Brazil’s National Institute for Historical and Artistic Heritage. It is also co-curated by Noor Alé, associate curator at The Power Plant.

Artworks include an installation using duodji, a Sámi craft tradition, by Outi Pieski, who is based in Finland, a large-scale photographic work by Uýra that displayed on the exterior of the gallery and a selection of sculptures throughout the city as part of Toronto's Nuit Blanche by Ontario-based Couzyn van Heuvelen. The additional participating artists are Tanya Lukin Linklater (United States/Canada), Máret Ánne Sara (Norway), Morzaniel Iramari (Brazil), Leandro Lima and Gisela Motta (Brazil), Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Venezuela), Sonya Kelliher-Combs (United States) and Pia Arke (Greenland/Denmark). Coming soon is a major publication that encapsulates this project, Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity by Dr. McMaster and Dr. Vincent.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 
Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography

Oct 30, 2022 - Jan 22, 2023. In-person in Fort Worth, Texas

This exhibition highlights the dynamic ways that Indigenous artists have leveraged their lenses over the past three decades to reclaim representation and affirm their existence, perspectives, and trauma. The exhibition, organized by the Carter, is one of the first major museum surveys to explore this important transition, featuring works by more than 30 Indigenous artists.

Artists featured include Jeremy Dennis, Nicholas Galanin, Sky Hopinka, Zig Jackson, Kapulani Landgraf, Dylan McLaughlin, Alan Michelson, Shelley Niro, Jolene Rickard, Wendy Red Star, Cara Romero, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, and a new commission by Sarah Sense.

Speaking with Light Symposium

Sat Oct 29, 10:30-2:30. In-person. Free with online registration for one or both panels. All symposium ticketholders will be able to view the exhibition, which opens to the public the following day.

Individual presentations with moderated conversations followed by Q&A.

10:30–noon Models for Critique

  • Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), artist, author, and professor of photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), author, essayist, and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
  • Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Diné), photographer and director of the C. N. Gorman Museum and professor in the Department of Native American Studies at University of California, Davis
  • Moderator: John Rohrback, Exhibition Co-Curator

1-2:30 Imagining Community

  • Ryan RedCorn (Osage), photographer, co-founder of the 1491s, an Indigenous comedy troupe, founder of ad agency Buffalo Nickel Creative, and staff writer for FX’s tv show Reservation Dogs
  • Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), contemporary fine art photographer
  • Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena, Jewish), photographer
  • Moderator: Will Wilson (Dine), Exhibition Co-Curator


IDA - Getting Real '22 Conference Panel
“Beyond Resilience: Indigenous Forms” 

Free. Online. 
What visual vocabularies and narrative techniques are Indigenous filmmakers employing, and what can all filmmakers learn from them about blending traditional forms of storytelling with emergent ones? The panelists are discussing the development of their practices, the particulars of Indigenous representation across geographic distances, and how Indigenous cinemas have historically challenged auteurist conceptions of filmmaking.‍ Organized by Firelight Media and originally presented live on Zoom on September 28, 2022.


  • Julianna Brannum, filmmaker, LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 and William Greaves Research & Development Fund grantee
  • Graciela Pereira de Souza, filmmaker, My Blood is Red and William Greaves Research & Development Fund grantee
  • María Sojob, filmmaker, Tote_Abuelo and William Greaves Research & Development Fund grantee
  • Moderator: Michelle Hurtubise, Researcher & Strategist, Kin Theory/Nia Tero

The Cooper Union 
“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: The Epidemic You Don’t Hear About”

Thurs Oct 27, 5-6 pm EDT. Free on Zoom. Registration is required.

As part of Cooper Union’s Intersectional Justice Lecture Series, cultural activist Heather Bruegel (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, descendant Stockbridge Munsee) will discuss the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, little talked about outside of Indian Country, Why do the crimes go unreported? What has the FBI done to help with this epidemic? What does “Missing White Woman Syndrome” have to do with this? And more.


Forge Project
Catharine Blackburn in Conversation

Thurs Oct 27, 6:00 pm EDT. Free. In-person at Forge Project in Ancram, NY

Forge Project 2022 Fellow Catherine Blackburn (Dene) discusses her current work and process, including her contemporary beadwork and jewelry studio.

New York University
CLACS/Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
A Dialogue with Eva Copa, Mayor of El Alto, Bolivia

Mon Oct 24, 5-6 pm EDT. Free. In-person at the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU. Open to the public with RSVP and proof of vaccination. In Spanish.

Eva Copa, Mayor of El Alto, Bolivia, will discuss her extraordinary political career in Bolivia in conversation with Prof. Pamela Calla (NYU CLACS, Feminist Constellations Platform). Co-sponsored by the Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce. Copa is of Indigenous heritage, and was named to the TIME100 Next 2022 list.

Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
“Freedom of Religion or Belief for Indigenous Peoples: The 2022 UN Report”

Wed Oct 26, 5-7pm EDT. Free. In-person at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

This high-level forum will discuss the report about Indigenous peoples that the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief will present to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York earlier that week. Tadodaho Sid Hill (Onondaga) is offering a welcome. The keynote speaker is Prof Ahmed Shaheed, the former special UN rapporteur who supervised the report’s drafting.

A discussion follows on the report and on how protecting Indigenous rights, including the right to freedom of religion or belief, relates to global environmental issues. Discussants are

  • Dr. Nazila Ghanea, the new UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Francisco Calí Tzay (Maya Kaqchikel), UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Bernadette Demientieff (Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in), Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee
  • Fred Davie, Senior Strategic Advisor to the President at Union Theological Seminary; Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Karenna Gore, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Earth Ethics
  • Betty Lyons (Onondaga), President and Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance; Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee Confederacy
  • Mona Polacca (Havasupai, Hopi, Tewa), Founding Member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers; Founder and President/CEO of the Turtle Island Project


2022 Macarthur Fellows

Biographies and Fellows’ statements on video are on the website

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, descendant Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) Artist and filmmaker. Combining imagery and language in films and videos that offer new strategies of representation for the expression of Indigenous worldviews.

Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi)  Plant ecologist, educator, and writer. Articulating an alternative vision of environmental stewardship informed by traditional ecological knowledge.

TIME100 Next 2022 

A recognition by Time Magazine of 100 rising stars from across industries and around the world. Biographies are on the website. This year three Indigenous “stars” were recognized with biographies on the website.

  • Devery Jacobs (Kahnawake Mohawk), actress with multiple awards and honors; lead roles in Reservation Dogs, Rhymes for Young Ghouls and more)
  • Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm (Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation), climate and Indigenous rights activist and tribal leader in Old Crow, Yukon Territory
  • Eva Copa (Indigenous Bolivian), founder of MAS (Bolivia’s socialist political party), activist against political corruption, mayor of El Alto (a predominately Indigenous city in Bolivia)

2022 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival Awards

  • August Schellenberg Award for Excellence ("the Augie") to Gary Farmer
  • Innovation in Storytelling Award to Petyr Xyst for The Original Shareholder Experience
  • Sun Jury Award to Ahmad Saleh for Night
  • Moon Jury Award to Barry Bilinsky for Kikino Kids
  • Dramatic Feature Award to Danielle MacLean, Beck Cole, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa for We Are Still Here
  • Live Action Short Award to Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean for Rose
  • Indigenous Language Production Award to Ritchie Norman Hemphill for Məca
  • Documentary Feature Award to Anstein Mikkelsen, Harry Johansen for Šaamšiǩ – Great Grandmothers Hat
  • Documentary Short Award to Noemi Librado-Sanchez, Esmirna Librado Esmeralda Ventura, Heriberto Ventura for First Time Home
  • Animated Short Award to William Cayapur Delgado for SEK BUY
  • New Artist in Digital + Interactive Award to Keara Lightning & Caeleigh Lightning for Mikiwam
  • Digital + Interactive Award to Colin Van Loon for This is Not a Ceremony
  • Narrative Audio Award to Connie Walker for Stolen: The Search for Jermain
  • Experimental Audio Award to Brydon King for Sabikeshiinh
  • New Voice in Storytelling Award to Stefany Mendinueta for Proowa (Yucca)

DocsMX Honors Skylight Pictures

In October Mexico’s oldest and longest running documentary film festival, DocsMX. honored the investigative filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís and their production company, Skylight Pictures, with a retrospective. Two of the films screened were from “The Resistance Trilogy” made to investigate the murderous campaign against Indigenous and others in Guatemala in the 1980s and its aftermath: When the Mountains Tremble (1983), featuring activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Maya K’iche’), and for closing night, 500 Years (2017), about the attempt to bring justice to the country after the genocide. Joining them was one of the film’s protagonists, Andrea Ixchíu (Maya K’iche’), who has become a filmmaker and is in production on her first feature length documentary, supported by the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), called Elijimos Dignidad (We Choose Dignity). 

2022 Vancouver International Film Festival Awards

 This year’s festival awarded Special Mentions to:

  • Ever Deadly (Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan) for Best Canadian Documentary
  • The Klabona Keepers (Tamo Campos, Jasper Snow-Rosen) for Best BC Film
  • Heartbeat of a Nation (Eric Janvier) for Best Canadian Short Film

2022 Calgary International Film Festival Awards

  • Best Alberta Short Film: Ayoungman (Larry Day, Holly Fortier)
  • Audience Choice Award in Music on Screen: Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On (Madison Thomas)
  • Audience Choice Award for Alberta Short: Piita Aapasskaan (Brock Davis Mitchell)

2022 Toronto International Film Festival

Winner, Best Asian Feature Film Sweet As director/writer: Jub Clerc (Nyul Nyul and Yawuru. The first TIFF NETPAC/Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema awardee from Australia is Indigenous. Her film, that screened in TIFF’s Discovery section, is the coming of age story of a 15-yr-old Indigenous girl as she deals with family, friendship, inspiration and self-identity.

2022 DGC/Directors Guild Canada Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2022 DGC Awards included the following Indigenous productions:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Danis GouletNight Raiders
Zoe Hopkins – Run Woman Run

Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award Short List
Nyla InnuksukSlash/Back
Gail MauriceRosie

Best Production Design - Feature Film
Zazu MyersNight Raiders

Best Picture Editing - Feature Film
Jorge WeiszNight Raiders
Simone SmithSlash/Back

2022 Critics Choice Documentary Award Nominations

Nominated in three categories is an independent documentary produced by National Geographic, which involved tribal community members both in front of and behind the camera.  The Territory (director: Alex Pritz) was nominated for Best First Feature Documentary, and Best Science/Nature film. Alex Pritz and Tangãi Uru-eu-wau-wau were nominated for Best Cinematography.

In Memory - Jeff Barnaby

Filmmaker Jeff Barnaby (1976-2022), best known for his features Rhyme for Young Ghouls and Blood Quantum, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Barnaby was raised on the Mi’kmak community of Listaguj in Quebec. He is credited with revolutionizing Indigenous filmmaking by using genre film tropes--dystopian horror--to put forth themes and issues continuing to impact Canada’s First Nations communities. This included injecting elements of magical realism, body horror, and sci-fi into the Indigenous story lines. And he was a consummate craftsman, writing, directing and editing all his films.

(Related: Groundbreaking Mi’kmaw filmmaker Jeff Barnaby dies of cancer)

After completing post-graduate studies at Concordia University’s cinema program in Montreal, and already known for award-winning short films, Jeff produced his debut feature, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013). The film offered an indictment of Canada’s Residential School system wrapped in a revenge story set on the fictional Red Crow reserve. It starred Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, launching her career as a major acting presence. His second feature, Blood Quantum (2019), is an all-stops zombie film that critiqued settler colonialism and its restriction of First Nations to defined territories, by casting their community now as the only place immune to a zombie plague, with outstanding performances from Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kiowa Gordon, including Moon, the gleeful community defender played by Gary Farmer. The film was nominated for 10 Canadian Screen Awards, winning seven. His film credits include From Cherry English (2004), The Colony (2007), File Under Miscellaneous (2010) and Etlinisiqu’niet/Bleed Down (2015), produced with the National Film Board of Canada. 

Jeff Barnaby is survived by his wife, filmmaker Sarah del Seronde (Diné), and a son.

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