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Indigenous Youth Films

Cedar Smith, youth producer for Sacred Sunset Productions, working on Our Ancestors Are Watching, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming. Photo: courtesy Missy Whiteman.

“This year’s series is dedicated to the future generation of youth and emerging filmmakers.” —Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho/Kickapoo Nations), INDIgenesis: GEN2 guest curator

Experience short films of all genres made by Native youth that foster a positive understanding of Indigenous culture and values. The program features works from the Native Youth Arts Collective (Little Earth, Minneapolis) and Sacred Sunset Productions (Wind River Reservation, Wyoming). In addition, see digital media art made by students from Leech Lake Nation, Nett Lake Village, and Bois Forte Nation created with In Progress, St. Paul, a non-profit arts organization that supports youth from tribal nations as they weave together history and culture through digital media and writing. Finally, enjoy music videos created through N’we Jinan, a Quebec-based music initiative that brings a mobile recording studio and a video production team into schools and youth centers across First Nation and Native American communities to offer youth the chance to create original songs and music videos.

This program is part of INDIgenesis: GEN2, a four-week film series screening in the Walker Cinema where Native/Indigenous filmmakers look to the past, present, and future to convey truths about our history to reconnect with Indigenous languages, land, and ways of life.

Indigenous Youth Films will screen in the Walker’s 60-seat Bentson Mediatheque during Target Free Thursday Night on February 28 from 5 pm to 9 pm and on March 2 from 10 am–3 pm during Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Fair.

Native Youth Arts Collective
Lost at Sea, Thalia G, Gabby M, Aracely G, 2018
Wink Wink, Briezy H, Dacia H, Jaelyn H, 2018
Cod, Brenna H, Jerry, J Josh M, 2018
Self Portrait and Sun and Star, Julian L, 2018
Runtime: 4 min.

Special thanks to Heidi Hafermann and Joe Beaulieu.

Sacred Sunset Productions
Seventh Generation, made on the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, 2013
Standing Tall and Rising to the Sky, Wind River Unity Council Youth Media Team, 2015
The Ancestors Are Watching, Wind River Unity Council Youth Media Team, 2017
Runtime: 10 min.

Special thanks to Wind River Unity Council, filmmaker Missy Whiteman, and the Independent Indigenous Film and Media.

In Progress
I Am Anishinaabe, Savannah Rose Parisien, 2009
Beboon & Zigwan, 4th grade students of the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School, Leech Lake Nation, 2013–2014
Gizhewwatiziwin Chi-Bimaatiziiwin – Living Our Teachings, Darrin Brown, Joseph Briski, Dylan Headbird, Eliza Kingbird, Justin Lord, Keira Matthews, Mathanna Steeprock, Bug O Nay Ge Shig School/Leech Lake Nation, 2014
Amazing, Cecilia Martinez/Nett Lake Village, Bois Forte Nation, 2014
Aasema, Joe Briski, Katrina Ducheneaux, Keira Matthews, Bug O Nay Ge Shig School/Leech Lake Nation,2016
We Dance, Rhonda Hoagland, Nett Lake, 2018
Runtime: 20 min.

Special thanks to Kristine Sorensen, digital artist, founder, and executive director of In Progress.

N’we Jinan
Show Us the Way, students from the Surrey School District Board (British Columbia): Rachel, Justice,Lindsey, Kalo, Nick, Antonio, Dimitri, Hannah, Je’sus, Kyra, Kegan, Morgan, and Ocean, 2017
Important to Us, Aisha, Crystal, Lucy, Maia, Mathew, Neebin, Antonio, and Georgio of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, 2015
Hidden Passage, Jacintha Brown, Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss, Jonathan May, Dominic Robinson, Roberta Duncan, Jamie Mason, Ivan Robinson, Rob Duncan, Julianne Mason, Julia Thompson, and Eliza Mason, Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations, 2018
Come and Listen, students of Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School in Penticton Indian Band, British Columbia: Sisuse Wilson, Bernadette Lezard, Kwecta’mn ‘Cookie’ Pierre, Delaney Pierre, Glaysheus Kruger, Dayna Kruger, Archer Waters, Noah Gabriel, Gracianah Gallicano, Lukas Frezie, Sahia Montgromery-Waardenburg, Dianne Lysons Stewart, Arianna Smith, Kaelani Greyeyes, Taylor Pierre, and Cikqwlx Hall, 2017
Runtime: 16 min.

Special thanks to David Hodges, hip-hop artist, music producer, educator, and director of N’we Jinan.

Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by

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Free First Saturday is sponsored by

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Medtronic Foundation

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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