CSU, Chico News

Native Voices Film Series to Air on KIXE

Date: 10-10-2012

Joe Wills
Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

Beginning Oct. 18, KIXE TV Channel 9 will air a special series of three films produced by the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology at California State University, Chico. The films tell the stories of Native Americans in the North State. The vision for films was born during the course of the 26th annual California Indian Conference, held in October 2011 on the CSU, Chico campus, and the telling of these stories aligns with the University’s mission of outreach to the North State.

The three films, produced by Brian Brazeal, faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at CSU, Chico, include “A Man Called Ishi,” “California Indian Voices” and “Bound to Tradition.” Each focuses on a different aspect of California Indian culture.

“A Man Called Ishi,”scheduled to air Oct. 18 at 9 p.m., is about the historical circumstances surrounding Ishi's appearance in Oroville in 1911 and about the efforts to repatriate his remains. Directed by Magdalena Roberts, an anthropology student of Native American descent, film is set against the sweeping landscapes of Blackrock, Deer Creek Canyon and the Ishi Wilderness.

“California Indian Voices” will air Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. The 2011 California Indian Conference brought together Native Americans from all over California. In the course of dozens of unstructured interviews, a series of themes emerged: the trauma of a recent genocide and problems related to substance abuse and environmental degradation, but also bright hopes for Native American youth to sustain their cultures and improve their lives. This film, directed by Jesse Dizard, professor in the Department of Anthropology, presents contemporary California Indian perspectives regarding cultural sustainability, tradition, the environment, substance abuse and what it means to be an Indian person in the 21st century.

“Bound to Tradition,” scheduled to air Nov. 1 at 9 p.m., was directed, filmed and edited by CSU, Chico anthropology graduate students. It features a Mountain Maidu woman who is making a customary and traditional cradleboard for her first grandchild. She speaks about the difficulties of balancing traditional ways with modern life.

Debra Barger, dean of the CSU, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education, which co-hosted the 2011 California Indian Conference, is chair of the University’s North State Initiative Task Force, charged with furthering the campus’ impact on the region’s culture, arts, health and welfare by sharing the story of its North State engagement with a wider audience. “This project is the quintessential expression of our mission as a comprehensive, regional university,” said Barger, who is also a KIXE board director. “A collaboration of university faculty, staff and students; North State residents; and our local public television station, the telling of these stories reflects our shared commitment to regional stewardship.”

Future community engagement projects to air on KIXE TV Channel 9 include “Commonground: Working Together to Address Water Use in the North State,” a collaboration that incorporates the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Book in Common at CSU, Chico.

The Native Voices Film Series can be seen Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 18 on KIXE TV Channel 9.