Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month film festival
October 27, 2008
To celebrate Alaska Native Heritage Month and American Indian Heritage Month, the Anchorage Museum’s weekly film series is dedicated in November to films that touch on Native issues, both contemporary and historical.
Selections include a documentary about a Lakota community’s fight for sovereignty as the DEA threatens to burn their hemp crop, and one of the first Westerns to depict Native Americans in an empathetic way.
Movies for Your Mind films start at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and cost $6 general admission, $5 seniors and $4 museum members.
November 1 & 2
Standing Silent Nation
A documentary about a Lakota Indian family's struggle to assert their tribal sovereignty to develop an industrial hemp-based economy, even though the DEA objects. www.standingsilentnation.com/
November 8 & 9
Most early Westerns portrayed American Indians as implacably hostile. Broken Arrow (1950) was one of the first Westerns to portray Native people in a balanced, sympathetic way. www.imdb.com/title/tt0042286/
November 15 & 16
The Invisible Nation
This documentary traces the history of the Algonquin people of Quebec from European invasion to their current struggles with poverty and human rights abuses. www.nfb.ca/collection/films/fiche/?id=55672
November 22 & 23: DOUBLE FEATURE
Lost Nation: The Ioway
The dramatic true tale of Ioway brothers, White Cloud and Great Walker, who travelled to Washington, D. C. in 1824 with opposing views on how to save their people from American conquest. www.iowaymovie.com/film.htm
Through These Eyes
How a film about the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic erupted into an educational controversy in 1960s America. www.der.org/films/through-these-eyes.html