The documentary film directed by Red Haircrow, on the effects of Native American cultural appropriation and exploitation in Germany, “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” was recently honored in November 2018.
A sincere thanks to all who voted & organizers of Refugees Welcome FILM FEST who made this event and award possible under challenging circumstances. Please remember to support and contribute to such projects and endeavors whenever you can. http://www.refugeesfilmfest.com/winners.html
Photo by Refugees Welcome Film Festival
The final event this year in our indigenous female film series, but more coming in 2019!
About the series:
A spirit permeates Western society of ignoring the harm caused to others, especially if it’s for one’s own gratification or convenience. Racism, homo- and transphobia, ableism and sexism are behaviors that demonstrate that spirit. They damage, deny and erase self-expression and identity. For Black People and People of Color, especially indigenous Women and Trans persons these problems intersect and are even greater.
Through film those affected can affirm agency and resist the systematic silencing and erasure of their voices. By telling their collective stories and shedding light on injustices that occurred historically and until today and the various forms of resistance against these, they can reclaim space and control their own narratives. Thereby ultimately empowering themselves and others within these communities.
In this series we would like to show a number of films by indigenous film makers dealing with a variety of topics amongst others historical and present day injustices, resistance, identity and intersectionality. Each screening will be accompanied by a discussion with the curator Red Haircrow and a guest speaker.
December 5th 2018, 7pm
With Red Haircrow (introduction) and guest speaker Ingrid Pumayalla
1. “Otras Madres” (Ingrid Pumayalla, 2018, 13min) (https://vimeo.com/300570013).
2. “Solid Sisters” (Jenny Fraser, 2016, 45min) (https://vimeo.com/161936015)
Full program here: www.xartsplitta.net/en/identity-intersectionality-indigeneity/
Check out many other authors, books & Red Haircrow’s review of “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of #Indigenous America” by Barbara Alice Mann (Seneca) in NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies’s latest journal, Vol.5.1 2018, at the University of Minnesota. Copies available here https://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/journals/nais
An excerpt from the two-page review: “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath” is a collection of different and sometimes distinct indigenous perceptions, stories, legends and, while some people might call them myths, as in fiction, these are histories and explanations orally passed down that are believed true or are rooted in truth. As the aphorism states, “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Yet this book is more than a systematic gathering of related information primarily on serpents and thunderbirds or sky and earth beings, none unique or forbidden because it is all available if you know where to look, and far more than a work detailing then condemning European proclivities, past or present. It is correction by example, of misattribution, mislabeling, and at times a “blow-by-blow” timeline of western interference and biased disdain for actual native wisdom and realities, while conversely other Europeans appropriated and erased.”
If you’re in Chicago, May 1-10, 2018, our documentary Forget Winnetou: Loving in the Wrong Way will be screened at the First Nations Film and Video Festival. Also playing will be “Reclamation”, a short documentary by Viveka Frost (Teques/Caribe) who is a participant in “Forget Winnetou!”
Please follow the link to their Facebook event page or website to see a listing and description of all films that will be shared, and if you can, please help support the festival by making a contribution or donation. http://www.fnfvf.org/.
Film websites: https://forgetwinnetou.com/ & http://forgetwinnetou.de/.
I was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following my participant in the CBC.Docs documentary that premiered in January 2018 on Canadian television. Last July in Berlin, I sat down with indigenous writer Drew Hayden Taylor on his search to understand why so many Germans choose to appropriate native cultures and/or dressing up and pretending to be “Indians”. The article was published on January 26th, ‘Native Hobbyism’ is Modern Day Colonialism. and specifically discusses how the effects of such practices, especially on Natives living in Germany, are overlooked by both non-natives and natives, which we explore in our own documentary, “Forget Winnetou”, which premiered in Germany in February 2018.
“Indigenous North Americans who live abroad often deal with rejection from relatives who only support or recognize those who choose to live in North America. They report negative experiences such as abandonment, disrespect of their heritage and lack of cultural support. This trauma leads to depression, anxiety and frustration because Indigenous living in Europe can’t simply be themselves.”