Native Heritage Month kicks off at the Anchorage Museum Nov. 1
October 23, 2007
The Anchorage Museum will celebrate Alaska Native Heritage Month with several events and programs in November, including a kick-off celebration and Native heritage-inspired art activities and films.
The Municipality of Anchorage's official kick-off event, "Sharing our Spirit", takes place at the museum, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Alaska radio journalist Nellie Moore, Mayor Mark Begich and new museum director, Jim Pepper Henry, will host the event with hors d'oeuvres, music by the award-winning group "Medicine Dream" and a chance to win one of three art pieces created by well-known Alaska Native artists. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday Family Art Activities
The museum will also host several Native heritage-themed events throughout the month of November. A Sunday family art program will feature art educator Robin Murphy, who will lead a variety of Alaska-inspired art projects. These family art activities will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Art activities are included with museum admission.
Native Film Fest
The November selections of Movies for Your Mind will feature films written or directed by or about Native Americans. Films run each Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. The following is a schedule and film descriptions:
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (unrated)
After completing Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, set in the mythological past in a community whose balance of life had not changed for 4,000 years, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn chose to depict a series of events that took place in 1922, when Shamanism was replaced by Christianity Ð and the balance of life was changed forever.
Little Big Man (unrated)
The 121-year old sole survivor of Custer's Last Stand tells about everything from his adoption by Cheyenne Indians to his marriages and friendship with Wild Bill Hickok.
Hank Williams First Nation (unrated)
Life in a remote Indian reservation is stirred up when one of its elders begins to question the death of Hank Williams.
Four Sheets to the Wind (rated R)
After his father's death, Cufe (Cree actor Cody Lightning) finds himself grieving and in search of more than he has found at home. Leaving the reservation, he heads to Tulsa, where his sister Miri is drinking heavily and looking for love in all the wrong places. Cufe too, far from home and eyes opened wide, is taking his first steps toward finding love. This smart, yet restrained feature was a hit at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is celebrated each November to educate and inform others of the diverse Alaska Native groups, their traditions, way of life and contributions.
For more information about Native Heritage Month programs and events at the Anchorage Museum call 343-6187.