SHORT FILM: The One Who Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 12th, 2017 Last Updated on: June 12th, 2017

Every year, undergraduate and graduate Film Studies & Production students at the University of Denver work with faculty and each other to create original films on a topic of their choice. Students pitch the idea, write the script, find the actors, produce, direct, edit, and ultimately present their final products to the faculty and their peers.

At this year's 2017 InShort Film Showcase, a film was made about a young pow wow dancer.

A Native dancer weighs tradition and assimilation as she works to combine past and present into her art.

Production Team: Dustin Amick, Skyler Anselmo, Cami Serrano

Enjoy the film below!

The One Who Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing from Sunstone Visions on Vimeo.

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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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Judy Cole

So grateful to see this video. It was an intimate look into a young women’s moments around her feelings, and thoughts. She express’s her families heritage in a beautiful way with her dancing. The film/video was a good idea that reaches beyond an assignment. The twenty minutes connects the viewer with dancer. Keep Dancing!

Sue Lloyd

This was deeply moving. Thank you so much, The One Who Makes People Happy with Her Dancing. I grew up in the northeast corner of Oklahoma but did not learn until I was in my 30’s that one of my father’s grandmothers was half Cherokee. I love to dance and it would have been so wonderful to have experienced such an incredible heritage and been a true native dancer. I am however grateful to have lived in Miami with its nearness to multiple tribes. I have just discovered powwow.com in my elder age and I weep for all the sadness, the happiness, joy and the wealth of our collective human spirit. I wish I knew the Cherokee words to express that. (I attended an Asian Pacific Island event recently. We were encouraged to dress in our native garments. I dressed in a turquoise silk jacket, inside out, with the other side in an sunset orangie silk, with a Native turquoise/silver bracelet my dad bought me when I was eight, a very meaningful vintage charm bracelet and other accessories to express my heritable. At the check-in desk, I turned the name tag vertical and wrote my name at the top, followed by my Origins:
Cherokee, English, German. The order of which indicated the authenticity and longevity of being in America.) I loved what you shared. Stay strong and true.

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