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October 2016

Help Us Celebrate: 
40 Years. 40 Films. 40 Weeks
In 40 years, Vision Maker Media has created more than 500 films, awarded $11 million to independent producers and held hundreds of film-screening events across the nation. We train Native filmmakers and create networks and partnerships required to make media that engages audiences for change.
Our films inspire people to look at the world through Indigenous eyes and encourage young warriors to embrace their rich culture as part of their identity. 
In celebration of our 40th anniversary, a collection of 40 films will be available for free streaming beginning Nov. 1 and ending Aug. 7, 2017. Each week a different film will be available on and
Titles for November: 
Nov. 1 .................... American Indian Artists: Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
Nov. 8 .................... Way of the Warrior
Nov. 15 .................. Surviving Columbus
Nov. 22 .................. Robert Mirabal: Music from a Painted Cave
Nov. 29 .................. Vis a Vis: Native Tongues
Native American 
Film Festival
In Omaha, Nov. 5-6
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) hosts the 4th Annual Native American Film Festival in Omaha, Nov. 5-6. The Festival features Special Guest Graham Greene (Oneida) and Gary Farmer (Cayuga) in Graham Greene Retrospective with Gary Farmer, at 6001 Dodge St., Roskens Hall. Schedule
Student Helps Tribe Develop Film Projects
To Revitalize, Promote Ho-Chunk Language
By Sandy Scott, Public Media Intern
Vision Maker Media 
Over the summer I worked as the Media Assistant at HoChunk Renaissance, the language program on the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, my home reservation.
The program is dedicated to providing services to tribal members, with the goal of working toward the major changes necessary to improve both personal and societal enrichment in the community. In addition, the program gives children the opportunity to learn the Ho-Chunk language.
A grant allowed HoChunk Renaissance to create 10 videos to promote the Ho-Chunk language. In my role as Media Assistant, I worked with the Media Manager to create ideas that incorporated the language. Our first video project titled "Suk Hap (Dog Day)" shows a variety of dogs of different sizes and colors. As a different dog is shown a language apprentice from HoChunk Renaissance properly pronounces a word associated with each dog, such as "big dog" or "brown dog" in the Ho-Chunk language. 
Another video project titled "HoChunk Days of the Week"  depicts master teachers from HoChunk Renaissance engaged in activities that correspond to a day of the week. Each day of the week is pronounced in the Ho-Chunk language. 
These are just two projects intended to revitalize and promote the Ho-Chunk language. Through this experience I was able to contribute to my Tribe and my people, and I can help keep the language alive by using my passion for these projects. Working with HoChunk Renaissance opened my mind to different horizons and the unlimited possibilities of helping not only my Tribe, but for a variety of Tribes. Tell me what you think about our videos:

Native Rhythms Festival
In Florida, Nov. 10-13
The 8th annual gathering of the Native Rhythms Festival takes place during Native American Heritage Month and honors the culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas through music, and especially the music of the Native American Flute.
We're On the Road: Come Find Us
  • Oct. 9-12: ATALM Conference, Phoenix
  • Oct. 19-23: imagineNATIVE, Toronto
  • Nov. 2: Hawaiian Media Makers Conference, Honolulu
  • Nov. 10-12: AISES, Minneapolis
  • Nov. 18-20: Indigenous Comic Con, Albuquerque
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