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Native American landmark documentary series heads to IU Northwest

Join us Wednesday, March 12 for a film festival featuring the most comprehensive and dynamic contemporary portrayal of the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation ever produced for television.

Four of the six episodes of the PBS documentary, “Waasa Inaabidaa – We Look In All Directions," directed by Lorraine Norrgard will begin at 1 p.m. in the Savannah Center, rooms 205 and 206. The festival will also include a free dinner at 5 p.m. featuring American Indian dishes and a keynote address from Norrgard. The event is free and open to the public.

Norrgard has been capturing the lives, communities and voice of Indian people in the Great Lakes area for more than a decade. “Waasa Inaabidaa — We Look In All Directions” is a six-part television documentary series produced by WDSE in Duluth, Minn., about the second largest tribe in North America, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation of the upper Great Lakes region. The series includes more than 100 interviews with tribal elders, historians, youth and leaders from the 19 Ojibwe bands in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. These interviews, along with 3,000 archival photographs, interviews with academic historians, original and historic artwork, and dramatic re-enactments, illustrate the Ojibwe people, culture and language through the past two centuries.

IU Northwest will show the following four, hour-long episodes:

1. Gakina Awiiya, We Are All Related – Explore how the Ojibwe survived and prospered in their relationship with the natural world before contact with the Europeans, and how dramatically lives and land were forever altered when the delicate balance was disrupted.

2. Ojibwemowin, Ojibwe Oral Tradition – Take a powerful journey from the origins of decline and near disappearance of Ojibwe language and culture through rebirth and renewal, to today’s renaissance. A mixture of animation, drama, artwork, archival photos, interviews and story telling.

3. Gaa Miinigooyang, That Which is Given To Us – Describes the traditional survival system through numerous interviews with historians, tribal leaders and elders, with visually stunning dramatic sequences of the four seasons traditional economic cycle. Key interviews are powerfully illustrated with archival photos, documents, maps and film footage.

4. Gwayakochigewin, Doing Things the Right Way – Journeys from pre-European contact to contemporary times, portraying the essence of traditional Ojibwe decision-making, featuring portraits of historical Ojibwe chiefs and dynamic interviews with present day Ojibwe leaders.

This event is co-sponsored by Women's Studies, the Department of Minority Studies and the IU Northwest Anthropology Club. For more information about the documentaries, visit Contact (219)980-5601 for more information about the festival at IU Northwest.



Media Contact:

Kim Kintz

Michelle Searer

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