2015 South Dakota Workshop / Taller en Dakota del Sur de 2015

2015 South Dakota Workshop / Taller en Dakota del Sur de 2015

 

The North American Indigenous Oral History Project (NAIOHP)

North American Oral History Project (NAIOHP) has emerged from a project originally conceived in 2013 in Geneva, the 2013 Symposium. Largely due to the success of the 2013 Symposium, a new organizing committee met in December 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to plan a follow up events. This organizing committee’s new mandate in respect to this ongoing oral history project was to use funds allotted by the European Union (EU Funding) and received on behalf of the Organizing Committee by Docip (Indigenous People's Center for Documentation, Research and Information), to continue this very important work by developing additional training workshops at the local/community level. The North America region (Canada, U.S.) was chosen as the initial recipient of the EU funding and thus the 2015 South Dakota workshop was organized in July 7-12, 2015.

For this workshop, 12 young people were chosen to attend through an application and recommendation process and their expenses paid to attend the workshop held in the sacred Black Hills at the Crazy Horse Memorial in Crazy Horse, South Dakota. The 12 trainees brought together represented tribal nations from all across the United States, Canada and an Aboriginal representative from Australia. The workshop budget provided each trainee with a high quality HD digital video camera, wired lavalier microphone, memory card and reader, tripod - everything necessary to create film quality interviews.

An emphasis of the project is to create or further equip young indigenous media makers. Media representation of indigenous peoples through cinema, television, and magazines has, in many ways, reduced individuals and communities to being viewed as mere characterizations of what it means to be indigenous today. Through over - romanticized depictions or being viewed as extinct, indigenous representations in the media significantly contribute to the continued isolation of indigenous communities. The development of young indigenous media producers, therefore, is critical in changing public sentiment towards indigenous communities and to assist with the process of reconciliation, reclaiming, and healing.

In addition to the youth trainees, six original delegates who attended the 1977 and 1981 UN level conferences were present. These individuals - Marcella Gilbert, Joseph Lafferty, Bill Means, Mike Myers, Madonna Thunder Hawk and Phyllis Young - have all become important community and tribal leaders in their own areas of expertise as well as well known historical actors of Native American history. They spent the four days with the youth offering insights and wisdom through group presentations, over meals and finally informal interviews. Also present were experienced media makers with expertise working with indigenous people who trained the youth in conducting interviews and working with the cameras.

Now equipped with cameras and a set of skills to begin the process, the trainees are now working to find, contact and ultimately travel to and interview the remaining delegates from 1977 and 1981 which number approximately 125 people living all across the US and Canada.

More than a second hand legacy, or an academic project that has no meaning to contemporary Native communities - the NAIOHP provides an unprecedented chance to infuse the current, committed and motivated generation of indigenous youth leaders with forty years of hard earned, front-line lessons and history of global indigenous activism and human rights.

Now the hard work begins of raising enough support to get to all of these delegates before the unforgiving timeline of death take any more of them before their histories are recorded.

 

 

South Dakota Workshop Trailer, by Elizabeth Castle, (Project Director), Leya Hale, (Media Consultant), Anna Pitman, (Camera), Justin de Leon, (Editing)

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