Shoreline Community College’s First Nations Club talks back to Columbus on Mon., Oct. 12, with a day of events celebrating Indigenous People’s Day. Students, staff and faculty are invited to join a day of events that challenge non-Native ideas of Indianness and explore contemporary—and nearby—issues of Makah whaling and federal recognition of the Duwamish people. All events are free.
Matika Wilbur: Project 562’s Quest for Real Indians – 9:30 a.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208)
Pesented by Howie Echo-Hawk (Pawnee and Athabaskan), First Nations’ Club, Shoreline Community College. Video and discussion of Wilbur’s (Swinomish and Tulalip) work in challenging visual and cultural images of contemporary Native Americans. Click here more information on Project 562.
Modern Makah Whaling and the Lens of History – 10:30 a.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208)
Presented by Joshua Reid (Snohomish), Ph.D, Departments of History and American Indian Studies, University of Washington. Reid will talk about how history helps us better understand why whaling remains important to Makahs today. It draws from his book, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs.
Princess Angeline, film – 11:30 a.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208)
Co-sponsored by Project Pride – This film from independent indigenous filmmaker Sandra Johnson Osawa (Makah) and her partner Yasu Osawa uses the story of Chief Seattle’s oldest daughter—Princess Angeline or Kikisebloo—to explore the history of the Duwamish people and their so-far fruitless quest for federal recognition.
Smoke Signals, movie – 12:30–2:30 p.m., PUB Room 9202
Written, directed, co-produced and mostly acted by American Indians, Smoke Signalsis a road movie within an indigenous flair. With a screenplay written by Sherman Alexi (Spokane-Coeur d’Alene), the movie pokes fun at the way Native Americans are stereotypically imagined in America today and challenges non-Indian viewers to come to terms with Native American experiences and perspectives. Film will be followed with Native comedy shorts and discussion.