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

October 10

More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. Those states include Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin

Columbus Day celebrations in the United States – meant to honor the legacy of the man credited with “discovering” the New World – are almost as old as the nation itself. The earliest known Columbus Day celebration took place on Oct. 12, 1792, on the 300th anniversary of his landing. But since the 1990s, a growing number of states have begun to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – a holiday meant to honor the culture and history of the people living in the Americas both before and after Columbus’ arrival. IllumiNative has produced a useful workbook to assist grassroots campaigning to establish this commemorative day universally in the US.

“Why Indigenous Peoples’ Day is Replacing Columbus Day” by Susan C. Faircloth in the Arizona Mirror, October 11, 2021. Faircloth, an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina and professor of education at Colorado State University, explains the history of Indigenous Peoples Day and what it means to American education.

There are many in-person events — for example

In New York: Indigenous Peoples’ Day New York on Randall’s Island Oct 9-10; Seneca artist G. Peter Jemison’s workshop Oct 10 at the Museum of Modern Art

At the Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA: all-day Oct 10, artists talks, workshops, film screenings

In Mankato: the conclusion of a community read of The Seed Keeper with a talk on Oct 10 with the author Diane Wilson, winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award in Fiction

At the First Peoples Museum, Oklahoma City: stickball competition, Chickasaw dance troupe, music performances, monumental chalk mural, panel on “What Is Sovereignty?”

In Chicago: Indigenous Day Concert on Oct 10 with Indigenous, Chica Roots, Kichwa Runa, Galguez Laxá and Dizá

In Los Angeles: LASkins presents Native American Short Films

In Phoenix: Indigenous Day Festival: films, RezFest music sound stage, pop-up market, skateboard competition

In Philadelphis: at Shackamaxon park with vendors, music, performers and a special focus on the homecoming of Lenape people from their diaspora in US and Canada

Places that recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day Consult your own local area for more events, but here are some online programs in 2022:

Harvard University Native American Program
“God Is Red Symposium”

Thursday, October 6, 5:00 pm EDT - Friday, October 7. In-person and online with registration

How does Vine Deloria, Jr.’s landmark text speak to the fields of religious studies, Native American studies, theology, and environmental studies in the 21st century? Speakers: Suzanne Harjo, Robert Warrior, Michael McNally,Susan Hill, Daniel Wildcat, Phillip Deloria

Columbia University and New York University“Indigenous Fire: Wildfires, Cultural Burning, and the Preservation of Community” Monday, October 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm EDT. Zoom registration link (register by Friday, October 7): Please register, as the Zoom link will be sent on Sunday, October 9 in the afternoon.

Speakers: Nardy Velasco Cichar, Bolivia, Don L. Hankins, CSU Chico, Rachael Cavangh, Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, Australia

National Museum of the American Indian
“Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Transformative Teaching”

Monday, October 10, 2022. 1:00 pm EDT. Free. Registration required. Available on demand afterwards.

How is teaching a form of activism? This Indigenous Peoples' Day program highlights Native youth who are incorporating Indigenous voices in K–12 education and promoting inclusive conversations in our nation's classrooms. Part of the ongoing series Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future. Panelists: Charitie Ropati (Native Village of Kongiganak, Alaska); Amy Spotted Wolf (Tohono O'odham/Hidatsa); Kourtney Kawano (Kanaka 'Ōiwi [Native Hawaiian]); Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) Moderator

Right Relationship Boulder
“Current Conversations”

October 8 - 10, 2022

In partnership with the Southern and Northern Arapaho people and organizations in the Boulder, Colorado area, Right Relationship Boulder is presenting several sessions online. Right Relationship Boulder operates with Mediators Foundation as fiscal sponsor.

Saturday, October 8

“Current Conversations, Generational Trauma and Healing” 10:30 am to 12 pm MDT. Virtual

Healing generational trauma is a conversation that must happen. The scope of the trauma inflicted by residential schools, enslavement, attempted genocide, forced relocation and assimilation, and the ongoing effects of colonialism, racism and appropriation are still being felt today. Panelists: Marty Chase Alone (Lakota), Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho), Billie Sutton (Southern Arapaho).

“Current Conversations, Revitalizing Indigenous Language”

3:30 to 5 pm MDT. Virtual

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages to draw global attention on the critical situation of many Indigenous languages and to mobilize resources for their preservation, revitalization, and promotion. Join us to learn more about how this proclamation is being brought to life in Colorado and the United States. Panelists: Joseph Dupris (Modoc, Klamath, Paiute, Lakota), Theresa HisChase(Northern Arapaho), Fort Lewis College Indigenous Language program representative.

Sunday, October 9

“Current Conversations, Land Back Movement”

11 am to 12:30 pm MDT. Virtual.

The Land Back Movement is a dynamic and complex effort to understand and rectify 'traditional' land use/ownership. These efforts facilitate and respect Indigenous responsibilities and ties to land. This current effort acknowledges settler impact and national violence including land theft, and seeks to bring in, invite, and utilize allies and others. We seek to further our engagements in Indigenous resurgence and Indigenous-"settler" relationships that foster contemporary solutions for historic, on-going, and future needs. Join us to take a contemporary look at the journey through the centuries and a glimpse at what we can do today - individually and collectively. Moderator: Ava Hamilton (Arapaho). Panelists: Dr. Doreen E. Martinez (Mescalero Apache), Richard B. Williams (Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne), Fred Mosqueda (Southern Arapaho), Lyla June Johnston (Diné/Cheyenne).

Monday, October 10

“Current Conversations, Fort Chambers: Boulder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre”

6:30 to 8 pm MDT. Virtual.

A slide presentation about Boulder’s Fort Chambers and its ties to the Sand Creek Massacre, followed by discussion with: Fred Mosqueda (Southern Arapaho), Chester Whiteman (Cheyenne), Stephen Fasthorse (Northern Arapaho). 

VOD, Member Screenings

POV on PBS Online

Delikado Feature documentary. The Philippines. Karl Malakunas. POV series. Free this month on PBS Online.

Palawan is a tropical island paradise and one of Asia's tourist hotspots. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders struggling to protect its spectacular forests and seas, it is a battlefield. Often from Indigenous communities, environmental defenders in the Philippines are killed with impunity and the killers are rarely caught. The battles these climate activists fight are shared by allies worldwide – but the abusive government of President Rodrigo Duterte adds urgency to this deepening human rights crisis. Delikado follows three land defenders as they brave violence, death threats and murder while trying to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ last ecological frontier.

DCEFF Watch Now: Festival Favorites

The DC Environmental Film Festival’s Watch Now presents online selected productions that have been screened in its recent and past festivals.

Yochi Narrative short. US, Belize. Llana Lapid. Free online at DCEFF Watch Now. Yochi, a non-verbal nine year-old Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching — setting the brothers on a collision course. Putting a human face on the global poaching crisis, Yochi is a film about connection, finding your voice, and protecting what is most sacred to you. Interview with the director Ilana Lapid is here. 

IDA/International Documentary Association
Member Screening Series 

Sept, Oct, Nov. Hybrid. Online in US and in-person in Los Angeles. Free. For IDA & AMPAS members only. Membership is at various level of benefits 

Oct 6, Oct 24. Two feature documentaries with important Indigenous themes and community participation are part of this 3-month curated series for members of IDA/International Documentary Association.

The Territory Online in US: October 6 - 13. In person in Los Angeles: Oct 6. Brazil. Alex Pritz. The Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people have seen their population dwindle and their culture threatened since coming into contact with non-Native Brazilians. Though promised dominion over their own rainforest territory, they have faced illegal incursions from environmentally destructive logging and mining, and, most recently, land-grabbing invasions spurred on by right-wing politicians like President Jair Bolsonaro. With deforestation escalating as a result, the stakes have become global.

Lakota Nation vs. the United States Online in US: Oct. 24 - 31. US. Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli. The film 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


Bend Film Festival 

Pay what you can. Hybrid. Oct. 6 - 9: In-person in Bend, Oregon. Oct. 10 - 23: Online in US 

Necessity: Climate Justice and the Thin Green Line Hybrid. Feature documentary. Jan Haaken, Samantha Praus This story of climate resistance in the Pacific Northwest brings into view a historical landscape of tribal leaders, Indigenous activists, and white allies as they resist oil trains and terminals in the transport of highly toxic products through critical waterways and treaty lands. w/ Bring the Salmon Home Short documentary. Shane Anderson

UYRA -The Rising Forest In-person. Online in US only. Feature documentary. Brazil. Juliana Curi. Uýra, a trans-Indigenous artist, travels through the Amazon forest on a journey of self-discovery, using performance art and ancestral messages to teach Indigenous youth and confront structural racism and transphobia in Brazil. 

Indigenous Shorts Program - hybrid
Short works on the importance of Indigenous foods--coconuts in Hawai’I, salmon and even Spam; youth activism; the significance of dreams; the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girl are subjects in this curated program of short films. Works screened are Kumu Niu, Rosalie Fish, Bring the Salmon Home, Sakari Farms - First Foods Cooking, Spam is Life, Daughter of the Sea, No Spectators Allowed

Heartland International Film Festival 

October 6 - 16. Tickets. Hybrid. In-person in Indianapolis. Online in US

The Wind and the Reckoning Online and in-person. Narrative feature. US-Hawai’i. David L. Cunningham. As leprosy infections spread throughout Hawai’i, the newly imposed colonial government orders all Native Hawaiians suspected of being infected to be banished permanently to the island of Moloka’i. But one Native Hawaiian family refuses to be separated from each other and takes a stand against American mercenaries.

Teine Sā - The Ancient Ones Online and in-person. Narrative feature. Aotearoa/New Zealand. Matasila Freshwater, Mario Gaoa, Mario Faumui, Miki Magasiva, Vela Manusaute. After centuries of slumber, the 'Teine Sā' --ancient spirit women of Polynesia-- have been evoked to come into the world once again. Set in the modern day Pacific, ordinary women have encounters with these ancient spirit women who help them in their struggles and leave lessons in their wake.

Mill Valley Film Festival

Oct. 6 - 16. Tickets. Hybrid. In person in California in Mills Valley, San Francisco and other locations. Online in CA: Oct. 6 -16

Town Destroyer In-person Oct. 8, 14, 15. Online in CA. Feature documentary. US. Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaufman. Is art’s role to provoke or placate? What happens when it no longer reflects current societal views? These questions and many more were the subject of hot debate when Victor Arnautoff’s thirteen-panel mural “The Life of Washington” became an object of local controversy, then a media firestorm. On display since San Francisco’s George Washington High School opened in 1936, it offers a view of the Founding Father that includes his involvements in slavery and Native American genocide--the Haudenosaunee dubbed him “Town Destroyer.” Now some are calling for the work to be removed or destroyed. Longtime Bay Area documentarians Snitow and Kaufman interview historians, artists, activists, and GWHS students to probe a fascinating microcosm of today’s culture wars. —from Dennis Harvey. 

The Unknown Country In-person only. Narrative feature. US. Marissa Maltz. All at the same time this is an ode to the mysteries of the American Midwest, a joyous meditation on modern Native American life, a seamless amalgam of fiction and documentary, and an unflinching reflection on grief. Reeling from a loved one’s recent death, Tana (Lily Gladstone), a young Native woman, embarks on a solo road trip from Minnesota to the Texas-Mexico border. Along the way, the fictional Tana interacts with real, delightfully idiosyncratic figures, making for a Nomadland-style documentary-feature hybrid, full of tactile, stranger-than-fiction touches. — from Aurora Amidon

Shorts: The New Environmentalists In-person on Oct. 8. Online in CA. Total program: 74 min. A program with Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental works.

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The New Environmentalists--from Malawi to Peru (US 2022, 30 min) is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s Emmy Award-winning series about the dedicated recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize who all have a common goal: safeguarding Earth’s natural resources while fighting for justice in their communities. Evan-Marie Petit’s POMO LAND BACK: A Prayer from the Forest (US 2022, 7 min), created in collaboration with the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, aims to honor the vital movement towards indigenous-led stewardship and rematriation of California forests.

In Ben Derico’s Hasta la Última Gota (Until the Last Drop) (US 2022, 17 min), the citizens of Chile’s drought-afflicted Petorca Province fight to legislate water as a human right while enormous agribusinesses leech the vital resource from their community for profit. Nancy Kelly’s I’m a Burner (US 2022, 3 min) looks at how the Mountain Maidu tribe has managed forest fires for generations by thinning excess fuel build-up with prescribed burns. In Josh Izenberg and Brett Marty’s Eco-Hack! (US 2021, 17 min), biologist Tim Shields quits traditional observational biology, instead adopting direct intervention methods to prove that innovation, technology, and imagination may be the last hope for saving the planet. —Kelly Clement

BFI London Film Festival 

Oct. 5 - 23. Tickets. Hybrid. Oct. 5 - 15: In-person in London and around UK. Oct. 14 - 23: Online in UK on BFI Player.

The English Dramatic series. Spain, UK. Hugo Blick. Produced by BBC. In English, German, Pawnee, Cheyenne. Complex drama and knotty themes have long been hallmarks of Blick’s work. Through the lens of the Western, he now turns his attention to the founding of contemporary USA. A wealthy English woman, Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), arrives in the United States in 1890 with a bag of cash, hell-bent on killing the man responsible for the death of her child. She’s thrown together in unlikely circumstances with Pawnee scout Eli Whipp (a career making turn by Chaske Spencer), recently discharged from the army and trying to make his way home. Demonstrating a deep literacy with the genre, The English is stylised and angular filmmaking that both critiques and pays homage to the traditional Western.

Utama Dramatic feature. Bolivia, Uruguay, France. Alejandro Loayza Grizi. Anthropological attention to detail distinguishes this delicate tale of an elderly couple in rural Bolivia coming to terms with climate change and declining health.

Calgary International Film Festival 

Sept. 22 - Oct. 2 Tickets. Hybrid. In-person in Calgary. Some titles available online in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Bones of Crows Narrative feature. Canada. Marie Clements (Metis). A psychological drama told through the eyes of Cree matriarch Aline Spears as she survives Canada's residential school system. 

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On Feature documentary. Canada. Madison Thomas. Prod. Stephen Paniccia, Lisa Meeches. A look at innovator, musician, activist and educator, Buffy Sainte-Marie and her career.

Dark Nature Narrative feature. Canada. Berkley Brady(Metis). An all-female therapy group, led by an eccentric psychiatrist, on an isolated weekend retreat in the Canadian Rockies faces a terrifying threat.

Ever Deadly Feature documentary. Canada. Chelsea McMullen, Tanya Tagaq. An immersive music and cinema experience featuring avant-garde Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

Gods of Mexico Documentary. Mexico. Helmut Dosantos. A poetic portrait of the people and landscapes of rural Mexico.

Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting Feature documentary. US. Aviva Kempner, Ben West. Ending the use of the offensive words, images and gestures in sports that demean Indigenous people.

Rosie Narrative feature. Canada. Gail Maurice (Métis). An orphaned Indigenous girl is forced to live with her reluctant, street-smart, francophone aunty and her two gender-bending best friends in '80s Montreal.

The Unknown Territory Narrative feature. US. Morrisa Maltz. A grieving woman travels to the Texas-Mexico border to reconnect with her estranged Oglala-Lakota family.

Short films include Ayoungman (dir. Larry Day, Holly Fortier), Heartbeat of a Nation (dir. Eric Janvier), Kikino Kids(dir. Barry Bilinsky. prod. Tantoo Cardinal)

Vancouver International Film Festival

Sept. 29 - Oct. 9. Hybrid. In-person in Vancouver. Online on VIFF Connect in British Columbia.  

Bones of Crows Vancouver-born Dene/Métis writer-director Marie Clements lays out a hard history of Indigenous resilience in this urgent, harrowing epic, spanning most of the 20th century; the story of a Cree woman from childhood, through residential school, WWII, and beyond.

Ever Deadly Ever Deadly is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, combining exceptional performance recordings with interviews, verité camerawork, archival material, and hand-drawn animation.

The Klabona Keepers The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation's struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters from commercial mining. Interspersing verité cinematography with interviews, the film documents the tactics used by the land defenders.

Lay Down Your Heart Marie Clements' Lay Down Your Heart is a touching tribute to Niall McNeil, a multi-talented artist in theatre who happens to be a person living with Down Syndrome. A heartwarming celebration of a local artist who has succeeded on his own terms. 

Rosie Set in 1980s Montréal, Rosie is a love letter to misfits and found families. When an English-speaking Indigenous orphan is deposited at the doorstep of her Francophone aunt, they must learn to find beauty and magic amidst their trying circumstances.

Unarchived In this zippy doc, we learn about a new way of representing the past, and meet community curators and archivists from across BC whose mission is to share the secret, neglected, and untold histories of this place we only think we know.

Utama High in the Bolivian Andes, a llama farmer confronts his own mortality and the impending demise of an ancient way of life in this visually expressive, strikingly authentic Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner.

Short Indigenous films from Canada, Cambodia and US

The Faraway Place A young woman and her father, both of whom have horns, flee from a violent cult on a mission to eradicate their kind. Firecracker Bullets In this personal documentary, Indigenous comedian Chad Charlie goes to participate in the Standing Rock occupation and has a transformative experience. From Chile to Canada: Media Herstories Through feminist solidarities on unceded Coast Salish land, the contributions of Latinx women reveal an intergenerational network of media art genealogies. Further and Further Away A young Bunong woman and her older brother spend one last day in their rural Cambodian village before a move to the city in search of a more prosperous life.

Heartbeat of a Nation Honoring the Dene Drum, this documentary celebrates the healing of a community and nation through the reclamation and passing down of traditional teachings within a Dene family. I Empower as a Mother Patricia Massy, the founder and director of Massy Arts Society and co-founder of Indigenous Brilliance collective, shares aspects of her life, work, and business. N’xaxaitkw New to town, Zaraya befriends her next-door neighbor, who invites her to go on a search for the legendary lake monster, N’xaxaitkw—known to settlers as Ogopogo. Rose Set in the 1960s, Rose is an Indigenous teen in her last weeks of pregnancy. Pressured by a government agent to give up her baby for Canadian adoption upon delivery, Rose’s family do all they can to intervene—with the help of an unlikely ally.

The Runner Darius Sam, a young man from the Lower Nicola First Nation, attempts to run a 100-mile ultramarathon in subzero temperatures to raise awareness for addiction and mental health in his community. Sexy Highland Stream In appreciation of the eponymous stream, this poem is a love letter to the beauty found in nature. Written and spoken in English and Anishinaabemowin. Sikiitu A coming-of-age story in the small Arctic village of Ivujivik, where teenage Ali would rather spend his time dreaming of being a hip-hop superstar instead of going hunting with his dad. Terror/Forming Parker and his boyfriend Darren make a disturbing discovery on their way to Parker’s late kokum’s cabin, setting the stage for how the night will unfold. Tibi Using archival and self-shot footage, the teaching of Îethka culture is documented through the making of a tipi under supervision of knowledge keepers.

Film Festivals

In-person only

33rd AFI Latin American Film Festival 

Sept. 22 - Oct. 12. Tickets. In-person in Silver Spring, MD

Oct. 4, 5. El gran movimiento/The Great Movement Narrative feature. Bolivia. Kiro Russo. A monumental, gently mystical portrait of the contemporary central South American cityscape and those who work within its bowels and environs. Set in the alternately harsh and beautiful terrain of La Paz, Bolivia and its surrounding rural areas, El Gran Movimientofollows a young miner as he looks for work alongside his friends, even as he begins to descend into a mysterious sickness.

Oct. 8, 10 Utama Narrative feature. Bolivia. Alejandro Loayza. Deep within the arid Bolivian highlands, elderly Quechua couple Virginio and Sisa live a simple life among their precious llamas. When their grandson Clever arrives intent on moving them to the city, they are faced with uprooting all they have known or perishing in their ancestral home — an inevitability precipitated by an unusually long drought.

LASkins Fest and USC School of Cinematic ArtsNative American Short Film Showcase

Free. Oct 10, 7 - 9:00 pm PDT. In-person in Los Angeles

A showcase of short works, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. My First Native American Boyfriend (dir. Joey Clift), Your Name Isn’t English (dir. Tazbah Rose Chavez),Dogwood (dir. Maya Rose Ditloff), In Our Own Hands (dir. Jennifer Varenchik), OChiSkwaCho (dir. Jules Koostachin), Two Bears (dir. Anthony Flores). 

Seattle Latin American Film Festival 

Oct. 7 - 15. Tickets. In-person in Seattle

Two short works

Ten Minutes with Rigoberta Guatemala. Roberto Salvador Rodriguez. A message for future generations from Nobel Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Mapu Kutran Chile. Roberto Urzua. The Mapuche term for a disease without known origin that attacks when humans damage nature. This disease starts when the person disrespects the environment: cultural spaces like "menoko" (source of water), "lawen" (natural herbs medicine), or high newel (power, strength).

Theater, Contemporary Music

Native Voices at the Autry
Desert Stories for Lost Girls

September 30 - October 16. Tickets. In-person at Los Angeles Theatre Center
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 pm PDT. Sundays at 4:00 pm PDT

World Premiere. Desert Stories for Lost Girls a play by Lily Rushing (Genizaro), directed by Sylvia Cervantes Blush. When 18-year-old Carrie moves in with her grandmother, she is thrown into a world of memory and mystery that unearths her family's identity--shining light on a dark and bloody period in history of the American Southwest. In collaboration with the Latino Theater Co.

Northeastern Native Arts Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 11 and continuing. Tickets. In-person in New York City

Oct. 1, 3-4 pm EDT. Through Oct. 31. At Rattlestick Theater, 224 Waverly Pl.
Play: Bloodsport by January Rogers. Opener: Poetry by Candece Tarplay

Oct. 1, 5-9 pm EDT. At Rattlestick Theater, 224 Waverly Pl.
Play readings: Out of the Earth by Claire Gardiner. This Play is Native Made by Opinietet Pierce. Opener: Jayna Shoda Meyer

Oct. 11, 6-9 pm EDT. At Greene Space, 44 Charlton St.
Play reading: Indian Country by Kaili Y. Turner

2022 Biennale Musica di Venezia: Out of Stage
Native American Inspirations

The 127-year-old Biennale di Venezia invited Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia to perform as part of this year’s 60th International Festival of Contemporary Music. On September 20 the festival presented a new cross-genre, collaborative production featuring Native American composers Brent Michael Davids (Mohican/Munsee-Lenape), Dawn Avery (Kanièkéha Mohawk), Russell Wallace (St’at’imc Nation/Salish), Jennifer M. Stevens (Oneida/Lakota) and the late Louis W. Ballard (Quapaw/Cherokee) (1931-2007). The piece brings together the works of Native American composers who have contributed to operatic and choral repertoire and dramas into one whole music-drama. Davids’ “City of Water” was commissioned by Shenandoah Conservatory and the ensemble will present its world premiere during the event. “Native American Inspirations” was directed and scored by Ella Marchmont, Shenandoah’s Director of Opera and Associate Professor and Dr. Austin Thorpe, Choral Artist-in-Residence and Director of Conservatory Choir, leading a group of approximately 30 choral, opera, dance and theater students.

The program: 
Brent Michael Davids “Mohican Soup” (1997)
Brent Michael Davids “Night Chant” (1996)
Brent Michael Davids “City of Water” (2022, world premiere)
Russell Wallace “Journey” (2002, revised 2021)
Louis Ballard “Mohave Bird Dance Songs” (arr. 2003)
Dawn Avery “Teionkhiyàtaton” (2022)
Jennifer Stevens “Beginning of Time” (2022)

Walker Art Center Cinema “Preemptive Listening”

Oct 8, 7:00 pm. Tickets. In-person in Minneapolis

A long-term film project by Walker artist-in-resident Aura Satz focuses on the sound of sirens, alarms, emergency signals around the globe. For the first event of this residency, Satz presents her feature film in progress with a live musical performance by one of her sonic collaborators, 2022 Pulitzer Prize–winning Raven Chacon (Diné). A composer, performer, and artist, Chacon often centers his diverse musical output on creating new narratives of Indigenous sovereignty. A conversation between the artists follows the performance. 


New Native Voices: Candice Hopkins of Forge Project and Jeremy Dennis of Ma’s House in Conversation 

Tuesday, Oct 11, 6:00 pm EDT. In-person at Rough Draft Bar & Books, Kingston, NY

Candice Hopkins (Tlingit), executive director and chief curator of Forge Project and Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock), artist and founder of Ma’s House, will be talking about new New York-based initiatives focusing on Indigenous arts and culture, making space for Native kinship, and re-building community. Forge Project is an organization in the Hudson Valley that supports Indigenous artists’ residencies and programming. Ma’s House Studio is a not-for-profit BIPOC-focused communal artist residency program in a family home originally built in the 1960s on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Long Island.


2022 National Book Award for Fiction - Longlist Announced

Selected from 463 works nominated for this year’s National Book Award for Fiction, Shutter by Ramona Emerson (Navajo) is one of the five finalists. Emerson--a novelist, photographer and filmmaker--has written a crime fiction, the story of Rita Todacheene, a forensic photographer in New Mexico whose crime scene photos have solved countless cases. Driven away from the Navajo reservation where she grew up because of her ability to communicate with ghosts, Rita finds herself the target of a dangerous drug cartel in this debut that is part paranormal horror and part coming-of-age story.

TIFF 2022 Awards

Buffy Sainte-Marie was awarded the Jeff Skill Award in Impact Media, which recognizes leadership in creating a union between social impact and cinema. Past recipients honored in the prestigious category include Alanis Obomsawin in 2021 and Mira Nair in 2020. The documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On (dir. Madison Thomas) was awarded TIFF’s Amplify Voices Award-Honorable Mention.

Telefilm Canada Indigenous Stream

Earlier this year Telefilm Canada announced its support of six Indigenous projects through the Indigenous Stream submitted under the Theatrical Documentary Program and the Production Program, for a total commitment of over $3 million. (Telefilm has an annual commitment of $4 million available to creators from Canada’s Indigenous communities, with the remainder amount reserved for Indigenous projects applied through the Talent to Watch Program and the Development Program.)

Projects applying to the Indigenous Stream must demonstrate that they are Indigenous--majority owned and controlled by Indigenous creators. They are assessed by an Advisory Committee comprised of Indigenous film professionals.

  • Angela’s Shadow (drama). Director and screenwriter: Jules Koostachin. Production company: AaSheNii Productions Inc. Province: British Columbia
  • Anicinabe Park 1974 (documentary). Director: Shane Belcourt, Tanya Talaga. Screenwriter: Jordan Wheeler. Production company: Makwa Creative Inc. Province: Ontario
  • Nechako (documentary). Director and screenwriter: Lyana Patrick. Production company: Nechako Films Inc. Province: British Columbia
  • Pow Wow Summer (family drama/comedy). Director and screenwriter: Darrell Dennis. Production Company: Orca Cove Media Inc.Province: British Columbia  
  • Seeds (drama/comedy). Director and screenwriter: Kaniehtiio Horn. Production company: Kaniehtiio Horn-Batt Entertainment Inc. & New Real Film Inc. Province: Ontario
  • Stoney Nakoda Film Project (documentary). Director and screenwriter: Cody Lefthand. Production company: Stoney Film Project Ltd. Province: Alberta 

New Dawn International Fund Award

From 51 international applicants, the New Dawn Fund has selected for its support six projects--two documentaries and four feature films. 

Among the winners is Árru, the feature film debut of Sámi choreographer, director and filmmaker Elle Sofe Sara. A musical drama set in Kautokeino, the municipality in northern Norway with the country's largest Sámi population. Employing traditional joik music, the film tells about Kari, a Sámi artist and single parent, who joins the fight against the development of mines in reindeer herding areas. In a complex twist, as the struggle intensifies, she is also confronted with memories of trauma from within her community that occurred in her childhood.


Articles in the Summer 2022 issue of Documentary Magazine -“De-Center the Doc” For subscribers only. Complimentary subscription for IDA Members

  • Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina Celebrates 40 Years of Amplifying the Voices of Hawai'i“ by Imani Altemus-Williams. On the activists and Hawaiian documentary filmmakers Puhipau and Joan Lander.
  • Australia’s Mulka Project and Karrabing Film Collective: Making Films for and with First Nations Communities” by Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson
  • Ambulante’s Post-COVID Reemergence: A Renewed Commitment to Community, But a Divide between Leadership and Workers” by Mariana Sanson

“How Owamni Became the Best Restaurant in the United States” by Carolyn Kormann in The New Yorker, September 12, 2022. In Sean Sherman’s modern Indigenous kitchen, every dish is made without wheat flour, dairy, cane sugar, black pepper, or any other ingredient introduced to the continent after Europeans arrived.

“How the Pandemic Shortened Life Expectancy in Indigenous Communities” by Simon Romero, Roni Caryn Rabin and Mark Walker in the New York Times, August 31, 2022. New Federal data outline the scale of suffering among Native Americans and Alaska Natives. 

Book Reviews  At the time of the recent restoration of Jim Thorpe’s 1912 Olympic Awards, the new biography Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by journalist and author David Maraniss details the enormous odds that this Native American hero had to overcome.

NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with David Maraniss about the book. Listen here.

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