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August 17, 2011

Day Two in Santa Fe

The National Museum of the American Indian is so excited to be a part of the Native Cinema Showcase this year.  All films programs are being held at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave.) and they are all FREE!

Reaghan Tarbell (Mohawk) is busy talking to film attendees, introducing programs and making sure that the films are running correctly.  Say hi to her if you see her!  (Photo by Leonda Levchuk)

Tuesday morning brought close to 100 people to see the film, “Let My Whakapapa Speak” which is about how the Maori work to revitalize their language and culture through total immersion. Three decades later they have graduated over 60,000 fluent speakers. 

The very talented Aaron Jones (in the white shirt, 2nd from right) along with some students who helped him write the script. (Photo by Leonda Levchuk)

This was proceeded by a short film titled, “History is Unwritten” and was narrated in Lushootseed, a Coast Salish language, with English subtitles. The 18-year-old director Aaron Jones (Tulalip) was in attendance with some of his collaborators.  The piano music for the film was written and performed by Jones and the film won the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Seattle Museum of History and Industry this year.  Click here to watch it.

In the afternoon, we screened the film “A Good Day to Die,” which examines the life of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), from boarding school and the military to his transformative experience in Stillwater State Prison. AIM’s game-changing confrontations in Ashington, D.C. and Custer, South Dakota, and the epic standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973 ushered in a new era of Native American pride and self-determination.

A full auditorium was seen for almost every screening.  Most heard about the programs from a local news outlet or word of mouth.  Let your friends know to come over to the New Mexico History Museum to see these great free films. (Photo by Leonda Levchuk)

The final film shown on Tuesday presented the story of life along the Rio Grande Valley and in western New Mexico, where 19 Pueblo communities maintain a traditional way of life within the contemporary world. For over a thousand years, the Pueblo peoples have more than just survived, they have endured. “Ancient Pathways – Modern Leaders” was inspired by leaders of several of New Mexico’s Pueblos. The documentary explores the journey of a Pueblo leader — the selection process identifies leaders for their character, knowledge, and passion for community survival. It depicts the model of leadership that has sustained a culture for more than a thousand years.  Click here to see a short clip.

Finally, here are a couple of shots taken around Santa Fe.

 - Leonda Levchuk (Navajo)

015 Flamenco guitar player at The Shed restaurant.
029 Flowers growing along a wall at the museum.

031 A view of the Plaza on a Tuesday afternoon.
034 Some beautiful architecture in Santa Fe, the El Dorado Hotel.


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