Laura Waterman Wittstock, a leader in the local Indian community, a pathfinder and pathbreaker for Native American journalism, a co-founder of MIGIZI Communications, and former president of the Minneapolis Library Board, walked on at 83, according to an announcement from MIGIZI.
Waterman Wittstock was a mother, grandmother and wife, and a citizen of the Haudensaunee Seneca Nation, Heron Clan. She led MIGIZI for nearly three decades.
MIGIZI started in 1974 as a Native American news collective. It evolved over time. It now focuses on Native youth development. It “acts as a circle of support that nurtures the development of Native American youth in order to unleash their creativity and dreams – to benefit themselves, their families and community,” its website says. The organization “puts youth first, supporting youth-driven activities that fully engage youth in a self-directed path to holistic wellness and to success in education and employment.”
The Turtle Theater Collective is performing the U.S. premier of the play: Almighty Voice and his Wife this weekend at the Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave.
According to promotion materials, the play is based on a foundational text of the Native American canon. Almighty Voice and his Wife “tells the story of a Cree man arrested for killing a cow. Under threat of hanging, he escapes — unleashing a year-long manhunt that gives rise to his status as a martyr and a legend. The playwright re-imagines this true story within two wildly different acts, moving from a sweeping Western romance to an outlandish white-faced minstrel show.”
The show times are: Friday March 9th 7:30p.m., Saturday March 10th 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. , and Sunday March 11th at 2 p.m. The play runs about 85 minutes. General admission is $20 in advance or $24 at the door; students and seniors: $12. Continue reading →
Augsburg Native American Film Series: Native American Conversations on Law Enforcement, Justice, and Redemption
When : Wednesday, March 28 Where: Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis Time: Reception from 6:15-6:45 p.m., screening begins at 7 p.m., discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public.
Attend an evening of short films focusing on issues of racism, law enforcement, and redemption from various Native American experiences. The hosts will be: Shirley Sneve, John Gwinn, Binesi Means, and Tiana LaPointe. They represent two Native American media organizations–Vision Maker Media and MIGIZI Communications–which work with filmmakers to produce and distribute Native focused documentaries and shorts on issues important to Native American communities. The evening will include conversation with our hosts and a variety of short films.