The Native American Film Night
The films for the 2013 Native American Film Night will be held on Friday, September 27, at 7:00 pm in the Great Room of the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Creative Life Center

Tickets are $10 -- Open seating -- No reserved seats
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Souza on the Rez

Souza On The RezCombining profiles of contemporary bands with fresh historical research, Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum (2013; 27 minutes) offers viewers an unexpected and engaging picture of this little-known Native music scene. The documentary challenges viewers to expand their definition of Native American music and broadens their understanding of contemporary Indian life.


Standing Bear's Footsteps

Standing Bear’s Footsteps (2012; 57 minutes) tells the story of the Ponca Nation’s exile from Nebraska to the malaria-infested plains of Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. After the banishment, to honor his dying son’s last wish to be buried in his homeland, Chief Standing Bear and his small clan set-off on a frigid, six-hundred-mile journey back to their former home. En-route, they were arrested and imprisoned at Fort Omaha for leaving the Reservation. Standing Bear and his starving band were about to be sent back to “death country” when a remarkable series of events unfolded.

Standing Bear sued a famous U.S. army general for his freedom--choosing to fight injustice not with weapons, but with words. The Chief stood before the court to prove that an Indian was a person under the law. The story quickly made newspaper headlines--attracting powerful allies, as well as enemies. This high definition documentary weaves interviews, re-creations and present-day scenes to tell a story about human rights--one that resonates powerfully in the present. "I am a man," Chief Standing Bear said at his trial. "The same God made us both."  

The Billingsley Faction: Lost Ceremonies of the Hopi Cliff Dwellers

In 2012, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, with the support of the Hopi Tribe, received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, to preserve films made in 1958 by Milo Billingsley of his troupe of Hopi dancers. These films were thought lost but found their way to the Center. They are now preserved to museum quality standards. This will be the premiere showing of the finished product. A handout explaining the background of Milo Billingsley and his dancers, sometimes referred to as "The Billingsley Faction," will be available to attendees(1957; 38 minutes).


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