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Impacts of Colonialism and Strengths of Indigeneity


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This session explores the history of Indigenous struggles to keep their languages alive, as well as the impacts colonization has had on Indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Canada.

This session will begin with the film Colonization Road (Run time: 48 min). This film follows the journey of Anishinaabe comedian and activist, Ryan McMahan to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, where he sparks conversation about the history of these roads and what it means to "decolonize." This film won the 2017 Best Film, Documentary - History & Biography category at the Yorkton Film festival.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/109934578


The second film, Mud - Hashtl’ishnii, is a short documentary (Run Time: 9 min) that touches upon a women's longing for a connection with her son, but who suffers from alcoholism. This film explores the reality of alcoholism as it affects Native Americans.


The third film, Keep Talking Niuga Yuga- Language is Life (Run Time: 80 min), follows four Alaskan Native women fighting to save their language- Alutiiq, which is now endangered and spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. This film follows their efforts to spread the language by teaching it to children. Keep Talking revels the ultimate impact of language, and the hope of culture revitalization. This film won first place in the Made in Alaska category at the Anchorage International Film Festival.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/227727155


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