For millennia, the Haida People have lived on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii. From the perspective of a young Haida poet (Towustasin Stocker), White Ravens bears witness to the transgenerational trauma of colonization as survivors, their children, and grandchildren struggle with the effects of substance abuse, suicide, and interfamily trauma.
White Ravens focuses on patterns of resistance, from Towustasin’s family history of blockading corporate logging operations to the Haida Nation’s resurgence of the potlatch—the gift-giving ceremony that remains central to the self-governance of all Coastal First Nations People. On the eve of a historic chieftanship potlatch, the film meditates on the Haida legacy of resistance and resurgence, presenting a portrait of a First Nation community in healing.
Both Georg Koszulinski and Towustasin Stocker were in attendance.
Indigenous Student Association (Aeon, Edith and Chandler) meets Nic Low
Nic Low is a writer, installation artist and arts organizer of Ngai Tahu Maori and European descent. He divides his time between a hyper-social Melbourne sharehouse, and an anti-social bush retreat. His first book is Arms Race, a collection of fierce, playful short stories out with Text Publishing. He is working on his second, bicultural history of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, told through walking journeys.
"Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty." http://
After screening of the movie a panel was held for Q&A with the film makers.
Dr. Christina Roberts, IPI Director, interviewed Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz during an Evening with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, feminist, and author of Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States which is her fifth book.
Her presentation, which is titled "Follow the Corn: North America in 1491", took place in Pigott Auditorium.