‘Kin Theory: Why Indigenous Representation Matters’ opens conversation with Indigenous media creators


Brit Hensel interviewing a former on the set of ᎤᏕᏲᏅ. Photo credit: Taylor Hensel.

Florida State University’s Department of Art History will co-host a virtual film screening and panel discussion on the importance of narrative sovereignty, where Indigenous creators regain control of their stories in an industrial landscape in rapid evolution.

“These films and scholarships provide meaningful examples of self-representation and demonstrate that Indigenous peoples and cultures exist in the present,” said Michael Carrasco, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “These are essential tools for changing stereotypical representations of Native Americans in the United States and of Indigenous peoples around the world. “

The event, “Kin Theory: Why Indigenous Representation Matters,” will highlight the importance of including Indigenous artists in front and behind the camera, to amplify Indigenous stories, perspectives and protocols at all levels. . This virtual roundtable will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9.

Participants will watch stories and hear about indigenous film and television media creators including Brit Hensel, award-winning writer, filmmaker and cinematographer (“OsiyoTV”, “Reservation Dogs”, Reciprocity Project); Princess Daazhraii Johnson, producer and screenwriter (“Molly of Denali”, Reciprocity Project); and Theola Ross, social worker and filmmaker (NSI IndigiDocs, “CBC ShortDocs”). Tracy Rector, General Manager of Storytelling at Nia Tero, will host the event.

“I think it’s time we asked ourselves, ‘who is telling this story and why?’ Hensel said. “Empowering indigenous peoples to shape their own stories is an essential part of cultivating perspective and raising awareness. It is also an act of sovereignty. After all, we know our communities better and are the only ones able to share our stories in a way that promulgates health, hope and truth.

Florida State University Department of Art History, College of Communication and Information, School of Communication, FSU Native and Native Studies Ad Hoc Committee and Nia Tero, a non-profit organization that works with indigenous peoples and movements, co-organize this event.

“I am delighted that the AUS campus community and the general public have the opportunity to learn from leading Indigenous creators who are breaking new ground in the media industry today,” said Kristin Dowell, Director studies on museums and cultural heritage and co-organizer of the event.

Organizations believe that by increasing collaboration there is hope for more opportunities for different groups of creators.

“Indigenous storytelling connects a millennium of knowledge to present day life,” said Rector. “As you will see in the beautiful video from these panelists, it is integral not only to Indigenous family life today, generational healing and future growth, but also climate justice that benefits all. with whom we share this Earth, natives and others. ”

Those who register in advance for the event will receive a private link to watch the media work created by the panelists.

For more information or to register, visit https://arthistory.fsu.edu/kin/.

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