Two Rivers” is a rich, lyrical, 60-minute documentary that seamlessly layers together several powerful components. The contemporary story is told through in-depth interviews with all the Native and European American principals who spearheaded the reconciliation meetings, as well as exclusive, intimate footage of the Two Rivers Powwows.
The tale of the past unfolds through memoirs, letters, prophecies, and other historical materials, read by Native and European American actors. The spiritual element is conveyed through the use of authentic Plateau Indian prayers and sacred songs (many of them recorded live during ceremonies filmed for “TWO RIVERS”), as well as through hauntingly beautiful, visually poetic images of the Methow Valley today.
“Two Rivers” is aimed at a wide, multi-faceted audience. Although attempts at Native and European American reconciliation are not unheard of, they typically fail to produce lasting changes—usually because whites set the agenda. “TWO RIVERS” will thus appeal to both whites and Natives who want to learn effective means for connecting and healing their wounds, as well as to any individuals or groups interested in healing rifts caused by racism or divisions of any sort.
In addition, by honoring the Native point of view, “TWO RIVERS” reveals a history that is becoming increasingly unfamiliar to Native American youth and is largely unknown to European Americans. But more than anything else, “TWO RIVERS” is a fascinating human story with large implications. “TWO RIVERS” shows how people from different worlds can create profound, lasting friendships if they are willing to adopt an open attitude, experiment with new ways of connecting, and learn to speak, listen, and act from their hearts.
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Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations and is an internationally recognized leader inhuman and community development. During the past 44 years, he has worked with Indigenous peoples in North, Central and SouthAmerica, Micronesia, South East Asia, India, Hawaii and Africa. He served 16 years as Associate Professor and Founder and Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. …With Phil’s guidance and applie…d experience, Four Worlds has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community and organizational development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of development.Phil has extensive experience in his own cultural traditions, is an award winning author and film producer, and holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Public Administration. He received numerous international awards for his work, among which the Year 2000 award from the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights in Berne, Switzerland. Phil is the first North or South American person to receive the award, and he joins a select international group: the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dr. Boutro Boutros Ghali, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and British Lord Yehudi Menuhin, musician and philosopher, have, also, received the award. The foundation says the award is in recognition of Phil’s “most special merits of promoting freedom and justice for indigenous people by building human and spiritual capacity rather than opposing oppression directly and also on his international visionary initiatives among Native populations by healing the root causes of hopelessness and despair.”
Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe is a poet, performer, video/filmmaker and loving Auntie. Her work is about ancestors, spirit, politics, contradictions, humor, confronting white supremacy and always about healing. Her video short Art Letter premiered on Twin Cities Public Television in 2012. Thought Woman- The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen is her full length film and has been a true labor of love. More at- https://sites.google.com/site/ellenhinch/
Thought Woman- The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen
We will be visiting with Filmmaker Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe. We will be talking about her new film about writer Paula Gunn Allen. Watch a preview here- http://vimeo.com/76671748
Paula was a Two Spirit/lesbian from the Laguna Pueblo people and of Lebanese, Scottish and Metis descent. She wrote the groundbreaking book The Sacred Hoop- Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions as well as novels, essays, poetry and literary criticism.
The film features extensive interviews with Paula, archival footage and personal photographs, excerpts from a radio interview with Paula in 1991. The film also features music by The Neeconis Women Singers, interviews and music from her daughter Lauralee Brown, artwork and an appearance from her granddaughter Jade Red Moon and several artists/activists/writers reading excerpts of her work. Thought Woman- The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen is a personal, beautiful film about a brilliant, hilarious woman and her bold thinking on politics, history, and spirit.
You are invited to a free screening of the film. Here is the information need to see it.
||Longhouse Education and Cultural Center The Evergreen State College 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA
Here is an image of Spiderwoman by Paula’s Granddaughter Jade Red Moon that is in the film.
We will be visiting with Choctaw Seminole Artist, Brian Larney on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- www.kaosradio.org this Sunday, January 19th at 4pm. Brian’s original creations are rare archival illustrations from the past and reflect the rich culture of his tribal heritage. His visuals are known for their contemporary style yet maintaining the cultural accuracy that honors his tribal family’s name of five generations, YA-HV-LA NE. Brian has received the Governor’s Award at the Festival of Art, First place awards for his work at Red Earth Festival, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Seminole Museum Signature Series, as well as served as art instructor and consultant for numerous educational and business venues.
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