Celebrate Women's History Month: Women Filmmakers
During this year's Women's History Month, we're focusing on seven women filmmakers who play a substantial role in helping Tribal people advance their causes through the power of digital storytelling.

Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." 

Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month."  

Source: Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month
Exploring Roots, Tracing Connections
To Brooklyn and Back:
A Mohawk Journey
Producer: Reaghan Tarbell (Mohawk)
57 minutes

In parallel stories, Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell follows the steps of her late grandmother and interviews Mohawk women who helped build Little Caughnawaga, the legendary Mohawk ironworking community that lived in Brooklyn in the mid-1900s.

For more than 50 years, the Kahnawake Mohawks of Quebec, Canada, occupied a 10-square-block hub in the North Gowanus section of Brooklyn, which became known as Little Caughnawaga. The men, skilled ironworkers, came to New York in search of work and brought their wives, children and extended family with them.

This film explores the personal story of Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell from Kahnawake, Quebec, as she explores her roots and traces the connections of her family to the once legendary Mohawk community through the stories of the women who lived there.

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Native American Poet, Prophet, Activist
Producer/Director: Heather Rae (Cherokee)
57 minutes
The engaging life story of Native American--poet, prophet and activist--John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendants.

Trudell fuses his radical politics with music, writing and art. Combining images and archival footage with interviews and performances, this biography reveals the philosophy and motivations behind Trudell's work and his relationship to contemporary Indian history.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Black Grace: 
From Cannon's Creek to Jacob's Pillow
Producer/Director: Aileen O'Sullivan
57 minutes
When Black Grace, a dance troupe of Pacific Islander and Maori men, first burst onto the New Zealand stage in 1995, they were a revelation. Fusing traditional Pacific and contemporary dance forms with athleticism and grace, they electrified audiences. Led by Artistic Director Neil Ieremia, Black Grace evolved from a crew of Neil's "mates" into one of New Zealand's national treasures.

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Dances of Life
Co-Producer: Catherine Tatge
57 minutes
Polynesian dance speaks to the past, present and future. For nearly 50,000 years, dances and songs have been an expression of Pacific Islanders' origins, their journeys, their struggles--their very existence. These are their "dance stories"--their Dances of Life. 

Today, Pacific Islanders are struggling to maintain their identity and traditions. Dance is central to these efforts. For centuries, dance has remained one of the most powerful vehicles for transmitting culture.  

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Holo Mai Pele (Pele Travels)
Co-producer: Catherine Tatge
57 minutes
Tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pelehonuamea, goddess of the volcano, and her youngest and favorite sister Hi'iaka. The one-hour performance weaves together archetypal themes of creation, love and betrayal into a sweeping dramatic performance. For the first time, a rare legacy of chants and dances, as passed down through generations, is presented by the Kumu Hula and performers of Halau o Kekuhi, in a stunning and exciting adaptation for Dance in America.  

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One Voice
Producer/Writer/Director: Lisette Marie Flanary
83 minutes
One Voice tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Every year in Hawai'i, 2,000 high school students compete in the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, where young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. The Contest is a unique cultural celebration that has become a major local event, broadcast live on TV, played on the radio and streamed on the Internet.  

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Skin Stories
Co-producer: Lisa Altieri (Hawaiian)
57 minutes
Every tattoo tells a story. The Samoan culture calls it tatau. The Maori people call it moko or puhoro. The Hawaiians refer to it as kakau or uhi. And many others know it as tattoo. Many people do not understand the significance this art form holds in cultures across the globe. For some people, the mark of the tattoo symbolizes their true essence, who they are and where they come from. For others, the tattoo is a symbol of rebirth, a symbol of beauty, and a mark of traditions, values, beliefs and philosophies.

Skin Stories is an anthology of stories and stunning images gathered from the hot spots of Pacific tattoo: from the steaming landscape of Rotorua in New Zealand to the vibrant gathering of the first international tattoo convention in Apia, Samoa; from the terraced, lush taro fields of Maui to the golden beaches of O'ahu and California.

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Then There Were None
Producer/Director/Writer: Dr. Elizabeth Kap'uwailani Lindsey (Hawaiian)
27 minutes
Then There Were None tells a personal story of the effects of colonization on the Hawaiian people.

To millions of travelers the world over, Hawai'i is an alluring picture postcard paradise. But to its Native Hawaiian people, nothing could be further from the truth. Their compelling story, of a race displaced and now on the verge of extinction, is brilliantly told in this award-winning documentary created by the great-granddaughter of Hawaiian high chiefs and English seafarers.

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2015 Annual Report
Four New Directions Will Help Meet
The Needs of Indigenous Storytellers
In 2016, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our incorporation. To honor the legacy of our founders, we want to expand our services to meet the changing needs of Indigenous digital storytellers. The media is a powerful tool that can help solve some of the toughest issues Tribes face. Stories of hope and overcoming adversity can shine light in dark places.

1. Care for the Legacy of Indigenous Media. Preserving and re-purposing media in Indian Country helps us honor our elders by hearing and sharing their stories so that they will be available for future generations.

2. Invest In Our Future. Utilize media to inspire a positive generational
shift in Native youth, to encourage them to make wise choices and inspire
them to learn, honor and celebrate their Tribal identity.

3. Build Opportunities for Filmmakers. There are few opportunities for
Indigenous filmmakers to network, learn from each other and develop skills.
Bringing Indigenous storytellers together on-line or in-person will build a
supportive community and build new partnerships.

4. Create an Indigenous Media Fund. With nearly 40 years of experience
in supporting the production of high quality programming for Public
Broadcasting, we are poised to expand our scope of support to attract
investment in a wide variety of projects.

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