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Panthera Photos Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Awakening

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 7th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 7th, 2014

Awakening is a short film directed by LaRonn Katchia, a Warm Springs/Wasco/Piautte Native of Warm Springs, Oregon. Katchia studied filmmaking at The Art Institute of Portland and created Awakening as his senior thesis film. Local Oregon paper The Source Weekly gave the film favorable reviews and the filmmaker recently hosted a sold-out screening.

Awakening is the story of an elderly woman who brings her grandson to meet a shaman in hopes of restoring his faith in his culture by sending him through a vision quest that could change his life forever.

Awakening Poster

Get a glimpse into the world of filmmaking with these behind the scenes shots by Nyeena-Swadwa Tronson, aka Panthera Photos.

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Photo by Panthera Photos

Hopefully we see more great things from this bunch of creative Natives! For more information on the film please check out their Facebook page. Special thanks to Panthera Photos for sharing her work with us.


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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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Lee Ann

Uh-oh. Another Smoke Signals to win over my heart. I cannot wait to view this film. From the moment I heard the deep roar of the drum to the moment the flute/pipe ran in my veins, I knew immediately that this will, more than likely, become one of my favorite films. Aho!

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