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National Hispanic Heritage Month (US)
September 15 – October 15

Native American Day (California and Nevada)
September 24

Orange Shirt Day (Canada)
September 30

Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30 in Canadian communities with students and staff being encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school. September 30th falls during the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away to residential school. Created as an observance in 2013 it’s also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Since 2021, in light of the revelations of more than 1,000 unmarked graves near former residential school sites, it was made into a statutory holiday by the Canadian government. Wearing the orange shirt represents remembering the history and abuse suffered by Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and to symbolize that Every Child Matters, even if they are now adults.

The “orange shirt” refers to the story of Phyllis Webstad whose new orange shirt was given to her by her grandmother as she left for St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. But when she got there all her own clothes were taken away and her new shirt was never returned. Source: Wikipedia


Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
Monthly Film Series Online

Wednesday, September 22, 7 pm - 8 pm MDT

Presented by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Denver American Indian Commission and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. 
Free but registration is required to get the film on demand and the Zoom link to the discussion.

Blackbird Narrative short film. Australia. Arnie Batalibasi (Feralimae/Kosi). Set in the late 1800s, the film follows the story of Solomon Islander siblings Kiko, age 16, and Rosa, age 24, kidnapped from their Pacific island home and forced to work on a sugar cane plantation in Queensland, Australia, in a practice known as blackbirding. Shot where these historical events took place, it is a story that has been repeated throughout the world as sugar, cotton, and other "plantation" agriculture led to the enslavement and other more or less coercive relocation of Indigenous and other peoples to these plantations.

A live Zoom discussion follows with food historian Adrian Miller and Mervyn Tano, President, IIIRM, exploring the effect of such relocations on both Indigenous and transplanted peoples, and how the mixing, blending and borrowing of food traditions created unique local cuisines.

26th Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival 

September 25, 8 pm EDT - September 26, 8 pm EDT

Online. Available with Access Pass which costs $8.99 and provides access online to all 57 films in the festival (September 10 - 25).

Rama Pankararu Narrative feature. Brazil. Bia Pankararu, a young Indigenous health worker, is raising funds for the reconstruction of the school in her village which was destroyed during an arson attack on the night of the 2018 presidential elections. Paula, a journalist from Rio, arrives at the village to report on the arson attacks, and they begin to collaborate.

In-Person and Hybrid

US premiere
Nosferata: First Bite

September 19, September 23. Tickets. In-person in New York City - At MoMA Mondays at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Rockaway Film Festival 

Nosferata: First Bite  Narrative feature. Adam Kahlil, Bayley Schweitzer, Anton Vidokle "Spanning 500 years of colonial destruction, Nosferasta tells the story of Oba, a Rastafarian vampire, and Christopher Columbus, Oba’s original biter, as they spread the colonial infection throughout the “new world.” Formally a vampire film and series of installations, the stylistically impressionistic Nosferasta examines the guilt of being complicit in imperial conquest, while also acknowledging the difficulty of unlearning centuries of vampiric conditioning. At its core Nosferasta asks, how can you decolonize what’s in your blood?" In association with art installation and after-party (see below).

42nd FIN/Atlantic International Film Festival 

Tickets. Hybrid. September 15-23: In-person in Halifax. September 15-September 23: Online regionally on various dates.  

This predominantly in-person festival also is providing FIN Stream, film offerings online that are Atlantic Canadian films, curated from the overall festival program. With a focus on regional content and local filmmakers, FIN Stream is available online to all Atlantic Canadians.

Indigenous features. in-person only

Bones of Crows Narrative feature. Canada. Marie Clements (Métis). In English, Cree, ʔayʔajuθəm, Italian. A story that unfolds over 100 years, told through the eyes of Cree matriarch Aline Spears as she survives a childhood in Canada’s residential school system, works for the Canadian Air Force during World War II as a Cree code talker, and continues the generational fight to survive systemic starvation, racism, sexual abuse.

ROSIE Narrative feature. Canada. Gail Maurice (Métis). In English, French, Cree. The story of Rosie, a young, orphaned Indigenous girl who is thrust into the fringes of 1980s Montreal and into the care of Aunty Fred and her two best friends--gender-bending street workers--and transforms their lives.

Pacifiction Narrative feature. France, Spain, Germany, Portugal. Albert Serra. In French, English. On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti the High Commissioner navigates both the island’s colonial establishment and its local one. The cast is rounded out by local actors including Matahi Pambrun as an Indigenous leader, and RaeRae/Mahu(third-genders) actor Pahoa Mahagafanau as Shannah.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On Documentary feature. Canada. Madison Thomas-Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Russian, Ukrainian. In English. Spanning more than sixty years and countless milestones, this documentary examines the legendary and much loved Buffy Sainte-Marie--innovator, musician, songwriter, performer, activist, philanthropist, and educator.

Voices Across the Water Documentary feature. Canada. Fritz Mueller. In English. There is a moment during the construction of a canoe when its true form is revealed. A similar process sometimes happen in life, when a person discovers their true path. The film follows two master boat builders as they practice their art and find their way to balance and healing.

Indigenous documentary features and mid-length films. Both in-person and FIN Stream (Atlantic region)

You Can Call Me Roger Documentary feature. Jon Mann. The life of retired Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Roger Joseph Augustine, documenting his long career of leadership and providing a contextual history to better understand the truth, healing and reconciliation necessary to advance the relationship between First Nations peoples and Canada.

Ntoliwis Nil Wolastoq/My Name is Wolastoq Documentary. Nate Gaffney (Wolastoq (Maliseet)). In English, Wolastoqey. Riley Gaffney goes on a journey to explore his Indigenous cultural identity, while elders work to create awareness and momentum for efforts to reclaim the original Indigenous name of the Wolastoq (Saint John) River.Water

The Ice Walk Documentary feature. Canada. Eliza Knockwood (Mi’kmaw). The little-told story of the treacherous journey across the ice from mainland Prince Edward Island to Lennox Island reserve, where the Mik’maq people were forced to settle. In the face of a reconciliation event in 2021 questions linger about whether the settler community is really ready to commit to change.

Who Will Sing for Me? Documentary. Canada. Roger Bill, Tristram Clark. In English. Using archival film recorded more than two decades ago, this tells the story of the demise of the Beothuk people on the island of Newfoundland, and the journey of artist Gerald Squires to create a statue to honor and reconcile.

Sister Dorothy Moore: A Life of Courage, Determination and Love Documentary feature. Canada. Mary Jane Harkins. In English, Mi’kmaw. The remarkable life story of Sister Dorothy Moore, a Mik’maq elder who has spent a lifetime as a nun and educator, advocating for her people.

Indigenous Short Documentaries. Both In-person and FIN Stream

Diverse Wabanaki documentaries on the Treaty Relationship, sharing perspectives as Two-Spirit people, dealing with the invasive ash borer that is killing trees essential to Wabanaki basketmaking by filmmakers Michelle Sylliboy(Mi’kmaw, L’nu), Leigh Gillum, Jessica Mensch, Antoinette Karuna, Bretten Hannam (Mi’kmaw), Desmond Simon (Mi’kmaw), and stories of people and caribou from the Inuit regions of Labrador by David Borish.

Panel - Truth and Reconciliation Through Documentary Film
Thursday, September 22, 2022 3:00 PM ADT. Free (online RSVP). In-person in Halifax.

A panel discussion stemming from Jon Mann’s documentary You Can Call Me Roger. Panelists: Jon Mann, Chief Roger Augustine, Stephen Augustine, Ken Coates, Naiomi Metallic and Claudette Commanda.

Music, Art Installations and Art Talks

National Museum of the American Indian
Indigenous Hispanic Heritage - Musical Performances

September 17, 18, 24. Free. In-person. In DC and in NYC


September 17, 3:30 - 4:30 EDT Fusion Concert with RAYMI. An end of summer with a concert by the Andean and Latin fusion band RAYMI (meaning “feast” or “celebration” in Quechua). The group’s passion for its Andean roots is reflected in its music, which combines traditional Peruvian instruments, such as zampoñas, mosceños, quenas, and tarkas, with contemporary instruments. The performance will be accompanied by the skillful acrobatic dances of the Peruvian scissor dancers. This program is part of the museum’s Hispanic Heritage Month events.

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September 24, 2 - 3 pm EDT Ñomongeta (Conversation). Contemporary opera. For description see NMAI - NY


September 18, 2 - 3 pm EDT Ñomongeta (Conversation). Opera Hispánica and the Americas Society, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, present the North American premiere of Ñomongeta (Conversation). Paraguayan tenor José Mongelós stars as a contemporary Guarani man who converses with Christopher Columbus about the effects of colonization on the Guarani people and the environment. Ñomongeta, which combines contemporary and Indigenous music traditions with the lyricism of opera, is the first Guarani-language opera. It was written by Paraguayan composer Diego Sánchez Haase and librettist Modesto Escobar Aquino, with epilogue by Pedro Paredes Argüello.

Eiteljorg Museum
“Summer of Celebration” Concert Series

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

Brulé Friday, September 23, 6:30 pm. Tickets. In-person in Indianapolis

Paul LaRoche is the founder and producer of the award-winning Native American music group Brulé. The group is best known for thrilling audiences with a merge of cultural rock and theatrical instrumentations. Now in their 20th season, their national performances carry the same contagious excitement as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Celtic Thunder, and Riverdance—but with the emotional impact of American Indian cultures.

FutureStops Festival
"Experience the 21st Century Organ"

September 30. Tickets. In-person at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto

The multi-part program includes the Canadian premiere of Raven Chacon’s “Voiceless Mass with Arraymusic” Described by the Pulitzer Prize Board as “a concentrated and powerful musical expression with a haunting visceral impact”, this is a mesmerizing work for organ and ensemble. This piece has been scheduled for performance on the 2nd National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. 

Free. In-person at Onsite Gallery in Toronto
Exhibition: June 15 - December 10, 2022
Curator and guest artist talks: In-person on September 17, 21, 24

Jordan Bennett x2: Souvenir
Jordan Bennett’s solo exhibition Souvenir draws upon his inspired intentions to visit, activate and respond to the innovative heritage embedded, woven and veiled in the richness of Mi’kmaq material culture and design. His interdisciplinary and intuitive approach grants new vitality to overlooked cultural expressions that carry elaborate Mi’kmaq cosmologies interpreted through customary geometric motifs embellished in a highly valued era of porcupine quillwork and basketry souvenir trade commodities that was thriving in the 19th century. Curated by Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka, independent curator and an Associate Dean at OCAD University.

Jordan Bennett x2: pi'tawita'iek: we go up river
On the south wall of OCAD University’s main campus, adjacent to Butterfield Park, will ground the space in Indigenous material culture. This new, public artwork is rooted in Bennett’s relationships with Mi’kmaq porcupine quillwork. He brings forward and reimagines their graphic patterns, bright colours and inspiring stories. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, Onsite Gallery.

The two curators will conduct a tour of Jordan Bennett x2 on Wednesday, September 21, 3:30 - 5 pm EDT. Free. In-person. RSVP online.

Artist Talks

Birchbark and Quill Workshop
Saturday, September 17, 11 am to 2 pm EDT. In-person at Onsite Gallery 

The fundamentals of porcupine quillwork are covered by artist Kyle Sauve of Mnaabndam Creations in a beginner's course. Workshop participants will learn how to use the tools offered strategically, understand the various styles and uses of quillwork, and start on/complete their first piece of quilled art. Spaces are limited with priority given to Indigenous students at OCAD U.

Mi’kmaq By Design Lecture Series
Julia Rose Sutherland
Saturday, September 24, 1- 3 pm EDT. Free. In-person at Onsite Gallery

Julia Rose Sutherland’s art practice employs photography, sculpture, textiles, performance and adapted traditional materials and techniques from her Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation that often emphasize concepts of loss and absence. This series of talks is by invited Mi’kmaq artists speaking about their creative practice and discussing the extent to which L’nu visual culture and history informs and/or inspires their work.

Nosferasta - Art Installation and Music

September 16. In-person in New York City. 6- 8 pm EDT at Someday Gallery (Manhattan). 9 pm EDT at Chaos Computer (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

Gallery opening of “Nosferasta,” a multimedia installation by Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer and Oba (star of the film Nosferasta: First Bite). Nosferasta-themed live music event at Chaos Computer features music from and inspired by the film. Some of the performers include Leila Bordreuil, Luke Stewart, and Village Drums of Freedom. 


FAM/First Americans Museum
Algonquian Language and Cultural Convention

Presented by Sac and Fox Nation
Saturday, September 24. Noon—9 pm. Free with online registration. In-person at FAM in Oklahoma City.

Among the 39 tribes in Oklahoma, the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Delaware, Kickapoo, Miami, Ottawa, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sac and Fox, and Shawnee are Algonquian-speaking peoples. This free event features workshops and a symposium relating to the language and culture of this linguistic family. The event will end with a Woodland Special with prizes. 

Harvard's Native Cultures of the Americas Seminar
“INENAS in 2022: Reflections and Hope”

September 28. 6:00pm EDT. Free. In-Person (location TBA)

This ongoing Harvard seminar features scholarship on the interdisciplinary study of the Indigenous peoples and cultures of the Americas, from deep archaeology to contemporary politics and culture, as well as the implications of such work for law, education, environmental policy and public memory. In this presentation, 

Cedric Woods (Lumbee), director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies and professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, will discuss the INENAS and its purpose of connecting Native New England with university research, innovation and education. Woods is currently working on projects with tribes in the areas of tribal government capacity building, economic development, education and substance abuse prevention.


International Documentary Association
IDA "Getting Real" Conference ‘22

September 27 - 29. All Access and one-day passes. In-person in Los Angeles, at hubs and online

Getting Real is a biennial conference that brings documentary filmmakers and industry professionals together in a communal space “where they can build lasting relationships, encounter inspiring ideas, and host constructive conversations about the many challenges facing documentary makers.“ IDA has previously opened a discussion space strictly for Indigenous filmmakers. This year's conference is focusing on community initiatives, imagination and impact.

It includes a dynamic platform that can to connect the in-person Los Angeles gathering with a virtual audience from all around the world. The “Virtual Together” experience will be held on ohyay, an  immersive platform with spaces that allow for panels, socializing and more. IDA will also be working with grassroots organizations and universities to replicate the community hub experience in other cities around the world. Participants can check back closer to the conference to see if there is a community hub located near them. Go to the website to get specific information about speakers and workshop events.

“Just Transition = Indigenous Self-Determination”

Presented by A Growing Culture and SIRGE/Securing Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Green Economy Coalition

September 20, 11 am - 2 pm EDT. Hybrid. In-person at The People’s Forum in New York City (limited space) and online. Translation into Spanish available on Zoom

“Transition is inevitable. Justice is not.” The push for a sustainable energy transition centers “green” technologies that threaten the self-determination and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples. This event is being held during the NYC Climate Week (September 15 - 22). It focuses on learning about how Indigenous and peasant leaders are taking action to hold companies accountable to human rights commitments and to press for Indigenous-led, place-based climate solutions. Also features performances by Pavel Sulyandziga Jr. of the Udege People in the eastern Maritime Region of Russia.


“Rez Life,” by David Treuer in The Atlantic, August 1, 2022. Sterlin Harjo’s genre-mixing, cliché-exploding series captures coming of age as a Native kid like no TV show before it.

“Upending Expectations for Indigenous Music, Noisily” by Grayson Haver Currin in the New York Times, August 15, 2022. Updated August 25, 2022. After long being consigned to a legacy of stereotypes, Indigenous American artists are making some of the country’s most engaging experimental music.

"Technological Sovereignty: The Importance of Community Intranet to Indigenous Communities" by Sócrates Vásquez (Ayuujk Jääy) in Cultural Survival, September 6, 2022. The struggles of Indigenous Peoples to secure access to media is related to the recognition of their inherent rights to territory. It has been a long and difficult road.

Available on September 20:  Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America by Pekka Hamalainen.  A scholar reframes America’s founding myths from a Native perspective, focusing on the victories and contributions of Indigenous communities.

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