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Four Native Films Featuring Strong Females for Women’s History Month


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 1st, 2017 Blog


Vision Maker Media continues its 40th-anniversary celebration of 40 films available for free streaming through Aug. 7, 2017. In honor of Women's History Month, they've picked out four films for March that showcase the strength of Native women.

The week of:

March 7 ……………….. Apache 8
March 14 ……………… Rocks with Wings
March 21 ……………… Kinaalda: Navajo Rite of Passage
March 28 ……………… Seasoned with Spirit: Food Upon the Water

APACHE 8
This film tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe who have been fighting fires for more than 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters, while four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. Apache 8 weaves a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time.
Producers: Heather Rae (Cherokee), Sande Zeig, Dolly Hall, and Victoria Westover

ROCKS WITH WINGS
In 1980, Jerry Richardson, a 24-year-old black man from East Texas who had just finished college in Louisiana, took a job coaching basketball in Shiprock, New Mexico, a depressed Navajo community. He takes on the girls' varsity team that seemingly has no chance of ever winning. Their work pays off, and by 1987, the Lady Chieftains are state contenders. With real game footage and current and candid interviews, this is an inspirational look at winning and losing, and everything in between.
Producers: Rick Derby and David Davis

KINAALDA: NAVAJO RITE OF PASSAGE
A Navajo filmmaker turns the camera on herself and her family as she documents her niece's kinaaldá, or coming-of-age ceremony. Telling her own personal story, the filmmaker provides a rare insider's look at Navajo culture and the complexities of growing up Navajo in contemporary times.
Producers: Lena Carr (Navajo) and Aaron Carr

SEASONED WITH SPIRIT: FOOD UPON THE WATER
Loretta Barrett Oden, a renowned Native American chef of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, travels around the country to immerse herself in the lives and traditions of numerous Native American tribes. She blends her passion for delectable food and engaging storytelling to create a fascinating series for viewers of all backgrounds. This episode shows how wild rice, or manoomin, is still harvested the traditional way by the Anishanabe, or Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes Region. Oden participates in a rice harvest and demonstrates some recipes along the way.
Producers: Matt Cohen and Renard Cohen

For more information, please visit visionmakermedia.org and americanarchive.org.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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