Monday, April 8, 2019 – Turning inspiration into a finished film
Native filmmakers deserve credit for introducing audiences to sophisticated Native characters and for portraying Native people and their stories accurately. But those projects can’t get off the ground without funding. Securing a film’s finances takes connections, compromise and a strong business sense. We’ll get a view from behind the camera as Native filmmakers reveal their ideas for managing independent film projects.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – A Native perspective for museums
There’s a long history of museums misusing or stealing sacred Native items, ignoring tribes’ concerns, and portraying Indigenous people in a poor light. It’s taken years of education and legislation, but many museums are now much more Native-friendly and work to involve Native people in the process of creating and presenting exhibitions. We’ll talk with Native museum experts about why a career in the museum field might be a good decision.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – Socialism or capitalism
The American economic system is a shifting continuum. Capitalism relies on market forces and rewards individual effort. Socialism works toward the collective good and aims to provide food, housing and education for each member of a community. A recent video renewed debate by arguing socialism failed Native nations. Does either approach help tribes?
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Eating healthy on a budget
The thing about food high in fat, empty carbs, sugar and salt is: it’s cheap. Some reservation residents are in food deserts, having to drive long distances to get fresh produce and other healthy options. But eating healthy food doesn’t have to break the bank. One study involving a tribe in California finds planning ahead helps families meet a budget and make good shopping decisions. We’ll learn more about the study and provide tips for committing to a healthier diet.
Friday, April 12, 2019 – Doulas are there for pregnant women
A growing number of Indigenous doulas are working to decolonize the birthing process. Doulas offer guidance and support for expecting mothers before, during and after delivery. Programs on many reservations offer doulas at little or no cost. We’ll talk with some Indigenous doulas about what their role is for pregnant mothers and how they help maintain connections to Native traditions.