Short Films: Canyon Song, Honor the Treaties, and Skateboarding In Pine Ridge
Native American Documentary Shorts:
Canyon Song, Honor the Treaties, and Skateboarding In Pine Ridge
Presented with Telluride Mountainfilm Festival on Tour Southampton
In honor of Native American Heritage Month
Friday, November 18 | 7 pm | $8
2016 USA | Duration: 12 mins
Directed by: Dana Romanoff, Amy Marquis
Canyon de Chelly, located on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, was once home to the Ancient Puebloans, who lived in the area for thousands of years and built sophisticated homes in alcoves tucked under the cliff walls.
In the winter of 1864, during a systematic campaign to force the Navajo people off their land, the U.S. military faced off against a holdout of Navajo people in Canyon de Chelly. The Navajo tried to escape by scaling the steep walls, but most were taken prisoner and forced to march 300 miles out of the canyon in a deep and bitter cold. The traumatic event is known in Navajo history as the Long Walk.
The Draper family is descended from participants in the Long Walk and eventually returned to the canyon. Today, young Tonisha Draper and her little sister, Tonielle, are learning Navajo traditions from their father. This short film follows Tonisha, Toneil and their family as they reclaim their Navajo history and reconnect with ancestors within the canyon walls.
HONOR THE TREATIES
2012 USA | Duration: 14 mins
Directed by: Eric Becker
Aaron Huey is a photographer whose evocative and richly textured work has graced Mountainfilms gallery walls more than once. This short piece profiles his work at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to some 300 Lakota Sioux Indians. Its a dark world of poverty and violence but one in which Aaron has allowed himself to be deeply drawn. Why? So that he can give voice to a peoples unspoken pain and suffering and the injustice that caused it and sustains it.
SKATEBOARDING IN PINE RIDGE
2015 USA | Duration: 18 mins
Directed by: Greg Hunt
The Oglala Lakota of South Dakotas Pine Ridge Reservation believe the seventh generation of youth will lead a new awakening through skateboarding. Skateboarding in Pine Ridge chronicles the lives of skater and suicide prevention counselor Brian Sherman and his young mentee Emily Earring (one of the parks few female skaters). A skate park built in 2011 is now a second home and safe haven for 100 kids, and tribal elders hope another newly opened park in neighboring Manderson will be equally successful. For young Pine Ridge residents, skateboarding represents a way to break the reservations cycle of poverty, drug and alcohol abuse and reaffirm ties to their ancestry.
Southampton Arts Center (Ver)
25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
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