AIFI Tribal Touring Program 2016 Youth Series
Puyallup Indian Tribe, WA
TTP MENTORS: NANOBAH BECKER, STEVEN PAUL JUDD, SALLY KEWAYOSH, FREDDIE LANE, KELLEY MITCHELL
THE ALIEN BOY AND TALKING DOG
TTP Youth Participants: Constantine Bull, Jesse Walton, Aaliyah Walton, Mia Antoine, Gabe Ramayon, Maya Lopez, Isac Bennett, Sunny
LIVE SHORT • 4m • USA
TTP Youth Participants: Mia Antoine, Thayden Boome, Molly Bryant, Joseph DePaul, Araquin Boome, Maurice Burgess, Brandon Beltran, Jesse Walton V, Constantine Bull, Kailer Trujillo, Aaliyah Walton, Angelina Dillon, Kylie Reed
Live Short • 5 m • USA
MY CULTURE IS NOT A COSTUME
TTP Youth Participants: Araquin Boome, Kyle Reed, Kailer Trujillo, Isac Bennet, Jesse Walton V, Mia Antoine, Thayden Boome
Live Short • 2 m • USA
SUICIDE IS NOT TRADITION
TTP Youth Participants: Araquin Boome, Rylee Gallo, Kailer Trujillo, Thayden Boome, Maurice Burgess, Rylie Gallo, Kylie Reed, Maya Lopezl Gabe Rambayon
TTP YOUTH PARTICIPANTS: Maya Lopez, Angelina Dillon, Kylie Reed, Araquin Boome, Mia Antoine, Molly Bryant, Gabe Ramabayon, Jesse Walton V
Documentary Short • 6 m • USA
LITTLE WOUND'S WARRIORS
DIRECTOR: Seth McClellan
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 57 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST PUBLIC SERVICE
As Pine Ridge Indian Reservation faces the lasting effects of inter-generational trauma as well as a recent teen suicide epidemic, the voices of Little Wound High School students rise up in hope through their traditions, language, and the Lakota warrior heritage.
IROQUOIS CREATION STORY
DIRECTOR: Cat Ashworth
ANIMATION • 17 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST ANIMATION
The Iroquois Creation Story film tells the story of how our earth came to be according to the oral story recited by the Haudenosaunee people for hundreds of years. This 17-minute film combines animation and dance to tell the story of Sky Woman and her Grandsons Flint and Sky Holder.
There are many versions of the story of Sky Woman and her grandsons Flint and Sky Holder. We based our film on the words of Chief John Arthur Gibson, who told this story to J.N.B Hewitt, in the 1890s. In 2005, the Seneca scholar John Mohawk translated the original text into a book titled The Myth of the Earth Grasper. The story begins far above earth, in Sky World. The Great Celestial Tree, which provides light and food for the beings that inhabit Sky World, begins to fade. The keeper of the tree has a dream, and in that dream the people uproot the great tree, and their world is renewed. So begins our story, the Great Tree is uprooted, and a large hole is created where the roots of the tree were. It is through this hole, that a young pregnant woman falls, and lands on the back of a turtle, and a new world is started, Turtle Island. Eventually, Sky Woman's grandsons, Flint and Sky Holder, create everything on our earth, and the twin boys battle for control of Turtle Island.
We decided to tell this story using a combination of animation and dance. The animation sections bring to life the many characters and events in the story, using colorful rich backgrounds and combining 2-D animation and 3-D animated characters. The dance sections were shot in a green screen studio, and animated backgrounds were digitally composited behind the dancers. The dancers are from Garth Fagan Dance, and they perform with traditional Iroquois Dancers. The dance sections interpret the more abstract and chaotic parts of the story. The story is narrated by Joanne Shenandoah (Onieda), and the animated characters are voiced by Haudenosaunee actors. The music track combines traditional Iroquois singers with a music composition by Native American Composer Brent Michael Davids (Mohican).
OHERO:KON: UNDER THE HUSK
DIRECTOR: Katsitsionni Fox
Documentary Short • 27 m • USA
“Ohero:kon - Under the Husk” is a 26-min documentary following the challengin journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites ceremony to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.
THE JINGLE DRESS TRADITION
DIRECTOR: Rick Anderson
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 31 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Ojibwe stories tell of the beginnings and the healing powers of the Jingle Dress Dance, a popular tradition throughout America’s Native communities. Produced with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
RAVEN STEALS THE LIGHT
DIRECTOR: Daniel Foreman
ANIMATION • 9 m • CANADA
Raven is the craftiest of all creatures. Be transported into a magical animated world where Raven is flying blindly in the endless night. He decides to steal all the light in the world from Sky Father, which is no easy task. The story is adapted from an ancient Haida (North Pacific Coast First Nations) myth.
ADZAA DOO ATS'A - THE LADY AND THE EAGLE
DIRECTOR: Brian Young
ANIMATION • 5 m • USA
A long time ago, long before the land had English names, two indigenous tribes were at war. From one tribe, a young pregnant lady, Adzaa, prays for the safe return of her husband. Every time she prays, the winds scatter her words preventing them from reaching the Holy Beings. One morning, a young male eagle, Ats'a, flies down to her. Will he be able to help her?
WHEN WATER COVERED THE WORLD
DIRECTOR: Mary Code
ANIMATION • 15 m • CANADA
This Sayisi Dene Legend was recorded in 1974 and was told by John Clipping, Mary Code’s late father. He was born around 1900 (as near as anyone can figure out). Most of the Sayisi Dene at that time still followed the seasonal round of thousands of miles that took them far to the north, near the calving grounds of the barren-ground caribou and south to the big lakes and caribou winter range for fishing, hunting, trapping and survival.
John spoke no English and was the authority for the whole community in many ways. As far as legends were concerned, he was the one everybody went to when they needed to check the details. He had a booming barrel-house voice, especially when playing hand game. The recording took place in a wall tent in the new community of Tadoule Lake, 160 miles from anywhere else. In the background, you can hear the dogs bark as he speaks.
JOURNEY TOWARDS RECONCILIATION
DIRECTOR: Paige L'Hirondelle, Sharon Somer
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 55 m • CANADA
In 2014, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held seven national events across the country to gather testimony from Indian Residential School Survivors. This nation-wide acknowledgement of the atrocities that took place in these schools was a difficult, but important step towards healing in a journey of reconciliation in Canada.
Miyo Pimatisiwin Productions supported a group of Indigenous youth in their personal journeys as they learned about the history of the residential schools and their personal connection to the legacy. Through the lens of a camera, these young people explore intergenerational trauma, Indigenous resistance and resilience.
The youth engaged in an act of reclamation in Edmonton's Grandin LRT Station, under the mentorship of artists Aaron Paquette and Sylvia Nadeau, the handprints of Indigenous youth are immortalized in the station to remind citizens that they are still here. And so began their Journey Toward Reconciliation…