Events: Indigenous-Themed Documentaries, a Play, and More

Upcoming events:

  • New Native Theater: Wounspe Wanktya — a College Education, March 6-24
  • Ski the Line to Protect Our Water, March 17
  • Mni Ki Wakan, World Water Day, March 22
  • Documentary: The Indian System, March 28
  • Documentary: Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock, March 29
  • Documentary: DAWNLAND, cultural survival and stolen children, April 8 and 13

Details follow.

A Play: Wounspe Wanktya — a College Education

Follow the story of Tashina and Tiffany, two Lakota freshmen in college, when they decide to sew a sacred dress to help them get through their four years of school as they experience the good, the bad, the funny, and the spiritual.

The play will be held at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave N, St Paul from March 6-24, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Advanced tickets are $25. Tickets at the door are pay what you can. More here.

Ski the Line to Protect Our Water

On March 17, the public is invited to participate in the growing citizens’ movement opposing the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Honor the Earth will host the first ever ‘Ski the Line’ event, a cross-country skiing event at the North Country Trail Access in Itasca State Park.

This will be a short trek in a loop that will follow part of the proposed pipeline, and is appropriate for all amateur skiers. For more Facebook Event here.

Mni Ki Wakan, World Water Day

Indigenous peoples, youth, and allies are uniting from across the land of water known as Mnisota to honor the sacredness of water.

Join us and learn more about Mni Ki Wakan pre-summit events in New York, & the 3rd Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit on August 13-15, South Dakota.

The event will be held on Friday, March 22, 6 – 9 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S. For more, Facebook Event Page here.

Documentary: The Indian System

The Indian System will be shown Thursday, March 28, on the University of Minnesota campus, Ralph Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, Room 100. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., film starts at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

According to promotional materials:

The Indian System uncovers the truth behind the War of 1862 in Minnesota. In this movie, Wolfchild portrays his grandfather, Medicine Bottle, to tell a Dakota oral history of the 1862 war, the hangings of the Dakota 38 Plus 2, and the removal of the Dakota from Minnesota.

During the 1850’s and throughout history, treaties were forced upon the Dakota people. Noted Minnesotans such as Henry H. Sibley and Alexander Ramsey manipulated the Dakota people to cheat them out of their supposed benefits, and ultimately their land. After the Dakota were removed to their reservation, corrupt agents and Indian department superintendents embezzled as much Dakota treaty money as they could.

A conversation with filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild follows.

Documentary: Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock

Augsburg Native American Film Series and Myron Dewey present Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock on Friday, March 29, at Augsburg University’s Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Reception starts at 6:15 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Discussion follows.
This event is free to the public.

According to promotional materials:

The film AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.” Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band and Temoke Shoshone) — filmmaker, professor, historical trauma trainer and journalist — will present the film.

For more, click here.

Documentary: DAWNLAND

DAWNLAND, a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children, will have two screenings in April:

  • Monday, April 8, 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Both screenings will be held at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul campus’ Student Center Theatre, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

Both events are free and open to the public Appetizers and beverages will be served. Register for tickets here.

According to promotional materials:

For over 100 years, the United States government has systematically removed American Indian children from their homes and communities to be raised by white families. Recently, the first government-sanctioned child welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed in Maine. DAWNLAND documents Maine’s TRC journey, as it begins to address the devastating impact child welfare practices have had on the Wabanaki Confederacy, and searches for justice and healing. See for more information.

Sandy Whitehawk (Sicangu Lakota) will facilitate a discussion following the film. Sandy played an integral part of the TRC work in Maine and continues to support reconciliation efforts around the country, including Minnesota.

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