Upcoming Native American Films; Call for Artists for the Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project

There are four upcoming opportunities to watch Native-produced films, some offer post-film dialogue. All events are free. The films are: Red Power Energy, Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, Creation Stories, and The Seventh Fire. Also this March, the Walker Art Center offers a series on indigenous filmmakers past and present ($10 fee).

Details follow.

Upcoming Films

Wednesday, March 8: Red Power Energy will be shown as part of Augsburg College’s Native American film series. The event is free and open to the public. It will be shown at the Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S. A reception starts at 6:15 p.m., with the screening starting at 7 p.m. A discussion with filmmakers Larry Pourier (Oglala Lakota) follows. Here is the description:

First-person stories illustrate the complex realities of American Indian reservations grappling with how to balance their natural resources with their traditional beliefs. From the historic United Nations Climate Conference to the proliferation of non-Western countries industrializing their economies through fossil fuel production, Red Power Energy offers a rare glimpse into Indian Country while further advancing a deeper understanding of the energy debate. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

For parking permits, contact Elise Marubbio marubbio@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1523

Thursday, March 16: Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code will be shown at Centennial United Methodist Church in St. Anthony Park, 2200 W Hillside Ave. It is free and open to the public. There is an optional meal at 5:30 p.m., with the film starting at 6:30 p.m. Panel follows.

The film lays out the church’s influential role in mistreating native peoples around the world, a legacy that continues today. The Doctrine of Discovery refers to the religious and legal justification used by Europe’s colonial powers to claim lands occupied by indigenous peoples, seize their property and forcibly convert or enslave them. The Doctrine has its roots in 15th century papal edicts granting Spain and Portugal permission to seize foreign lands as long as no baptized Christians had a prior claim. The “Discovery Doctrine” was put into U.S. law through a series of 19th Century Supreme Court decisions. It still applies today.

Filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), other members of the local Native American community, and Methodist leaders will join the post-film discussion about what this means for us today.

Click here for Doctrine of Discovery Flyer.

Thursday, March 16: The Seventh Fire will be shown from 1:30-3:10 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, at the John Roach Center auditorium (JRC 126), located on the corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues. The event is free and open to the public. Here is the description:

When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.

Together the lives of Rob and Kevin present a devastating counter-myth to textbook notions of the American dream, and they force us to confront the modern-day ramifications of what are still the most overlooked aspects of American history.

Sunday, March 26: Creation Stories. Sheldon Wolfchild’s latest film documents elders telling Dakota creation stories. It will be shown at 3 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. Wolfchild and indigenous educator Jim Rock will lead a post-film discussion on these creation stories, star knowledge, and sacred sites and objects in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis area. The event is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, go to www.lowerphalencreek.org/events.

Click here for Creation Stories Flyer.

March: Walker Art Center’s INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present. The series includes several films, including: The Daughter of Dawn (March 3); Mekko (March  4); The Searchers (March 10); INAATE/SE (March 17); and Views from Standing Rock (March 25). Tickets are $10 each. Click on the links for the full listing of films.

Call for Artists for Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project

Late notice from us, but here is the call for artists for the Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project. It closes March 1. It is being issued by the City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places, Community Planning and Economic Development, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

This public art project is part of construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) to create a gathering space and improved lake access. Both the site improvements and the public art will celebrate the history and culture of the Dakota and Native American people and honor Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) and Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side).



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