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Between Descendants and Ancestors: Indigenous Stories for a Future

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July 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm August 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Between Descendants and Ancestors: Indigenous Stories for a Future is a two-part series of contemporary short films and animation by Indigenous artists residing on Turtle Island. The stories in this series ponder Native time and Indigenous history in relation to land, settler colonialism, and futurity. While some of these films could be categorized as “science fiction” or even “mythology,” the films more closely reflect a concept of “Indigenous documentary” and complex worldviews of spiraling time, time travel, multiverses, and alternative histories. They document a continuum of ancestral wisdom, ancient time, cultural values, and living knowledge. The results are a matrix of Indigenous teachings that simultaneously reach into the past and the future while offering guidance for a future of Native sovereignty, resilience, and survival.

Curated by John Jota Leaños, Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, the series will be continuously looped and available for viewing in the IAS galleries’ dedicated screening room during regular opening hours.

ʔEʔanx (The Cave) (10:42), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), 2009

TimeTraveller™ (Episode 2) (8:36), Skawennati (Mohawk), 2008-13

The 6th World (15:57), Nanobah Becker (Diné), 2012

Image: still from Nanobah Becker (Diné), The 6th World (2012).

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Santa Cruz, California 95060 United States
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