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April Adventures

We Still Live Here Number One at #SheDocs!
#shedocs online film festival

First of all, thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about PBS's #SheDocs Festival. With your help, We Still Live Here became the most-watched film of all, with more than 3,000 viewers. Given the high quality of the other films, this was a huge honor and surprise.

New Projects

Judge Abby Abinanti

Next adventure — a trip to Yurok country in Northern California to spend a week with Judge Abby Abinanti (pictured here) for our new film on the California Tribal Justice system. Abby, the Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe, will be meeting with juvenile justice and state court officials, then presiding over cases in her own tribal court. It will be great to watch her in action, and to see first hand how she is bringing restorative justice back to her community.

A Dragon Kiss :: Wangechi Mutu
Artist Wangechi Mutu. I am just back from New York where I visited Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu to learn more about her story for a new documentary. I also saw one of her mesmerizing collages in Seismic Shifts: 10 Visionaries in Contemporary Art and Architecture at The National Academy. Wangechi is the youngest of ten artists in the exhibit, which includes Bill Viola, Vik Muniz, Nick Cave, and other visionaries. Modest, brilliant, passionate and multi-talented, Wangechi is a wonderful subject for a film.
 

Celebrating Language Revitalization
with
We Still Live Here

Screening at PlimothFood & Film at the Plimoth Plantation. Last month, Plimoth Plantation showed We Still Live Here on their opening night to honor their Wampanoag Indigenous Program's 40th Anniversary. I attended virtually, but by all accounts it was a great night. "The entire event was wonderful, pairing such a great story with such a knowledgeable discussion panel"; "I don't recall when I last learned that much in such a short amount of time."

VermontA Journey to Vermont. I did show up at the University of Vermont to give a talk about the return of the Wampanoag language, part of their Burack Distinguished Lecture series. Usually I screen my films and answer questions, but this time I had to organize and deliver a lecture! I showed lots of clips from We Still Live Here, and I think it went well. The students were bright and lively, and the long drive north through the Vermont countryside was truly lovely.

A Passage to India
India
We Still Live Here screens in India. An MA student in Jharkhand, India, named Tolheishel Khaling brought students and professors of linguistics, anthropology, and Indigenous Studies together to watch We Still Live Here and to discuss tribal heritage and the fate of language. Tolheishel wrote, "It would be a blatant lie if I said I did not shed tears watching the film. I am thousands of miles away from the Wampanoag people and their land but it emotionally struck a chord within me and connected me with them not because I am a tribal, but because I feel we are in the same boat. I used the film as a tool for invoking the importance of language and its preservation among the tribal students and to awaken them to introspect on their own."

Our Mother Tongues
Karuk Tribe Added to the Our Mother Tongues Website

The KarukWe are excited to announce the addition of a new Karuk page to the Our Mother Tongues website. Click on the salmon logo to see photos, video and text about the Karuk’s inspiring work, then explore the site to discover many other Native American language programs across the country as well as an interactive map, videos, history, a blog and even the opportunity to send audio postcards.  

Please visit OurMotherTongues.org
Karuk


 
From Hilary B —
I watched We Still Live Here recently and  I was moved in many ways. I cried, grieving for what the culture lost & then for what they have gained. You did a great job all the way around & I loved the way the animation was integrated into the film. I'm glad for your success with it. Happy Spring!
From Michael M —
I just received my copy of We Still Live Here and I couldn't be more thrilled. As an activist, linguist and touring spoken word performance artist who deals with these very topics on stage and in workshops for audiences and fellow activists, this video did my heart a lot of good.

 

 

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