Thursday, October 14, 2010

1st Annual Native American Film Festival by Native Punx

You may remember a post last month when I explored the Indian mascot debate.

Not only is the point relevant because of the Mukwonago situation, but also because today begins the 1st Annual Native American Film Festival in Wisconsin.

Native Punx, the organization behind the film festival, has a website detailing all of the information, but let me give you the short and sweet of it.

Marquette University
When: October 14 - 17, 2010
Why: Because it increases your knowledge through everyone's favorite medium: movies.

Okay, seriously though, if you can attend any of the events you should. See the Facebook page for exact films, times, and locations.

Tonight there are a series of shorts followed by a discussion on the Indian mascot issue. Saturday evening boasts a Q&A with Ada Deer, who will discuss her experiences in an Indian boarding school during the U.S. assimilation policy, after the screening of The Only Good Indian (is a dead one as the white settler lexicon of the 1800's goes).

It's a little known fact that Native Americans make good films, and it's an even lesser-known fact that they still aren't always treated with respect and equality in mainstream films - either in their representation or on set.

I could go on an on, but I won't bore you. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Hope to see you there!

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