Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 26th, 2013 Last Updated on: November 26th, 2013

Directed and produced by Audrey Geyer, Our Fires Still Burn dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

During the Boarding School Era, Native American children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools. Interviewees explain how this past trauma continues to negatively impact their emotional and physical health today and contribute to urgent social problems. To help heal this historical trauma, Native Americans are reclaiming their spiritual and cultural identity. In the documentary, an Ojibwa Firekeeper demonstrates the ancient healing ceremony of the Sacred Fire and Native American businessmen, journalists, artists and youth advocates share how they use ancestral teachings to foster diversity and creativity as well as to educate and initiate social change.

To order a DVD of Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, please visit the film's website.


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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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Melody Deveraux

Thanks you for bringing back what my grandmother told me so long ago which at the time I didn’t understand she would call me spirit child and didn’t make any sense then. Keep up the hard work thanks again

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