CSU, Chico News

Three Films Premiere at California Indian Conference This Friday

Date: 09-26-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Amy Huberland
Northeast Information Center

Sustaining the Circle of Knowledge: California Indian Voices in Education and Film is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Bell Memorial Union on the California State University, Chico campus. The focus of the conference in the morning is on youth and education. In the afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m., three films featuring California Indian voices will be premiered.

The public is welcome, and there is no charge for the films.

The three films include “A Man Called Ishi,” “California Indian Voices” and “Bound to Tradition.” Each focuses on a different aspect of California Indian culture.

2–2:45 p.m.
“A Man Called Ishi” is about the historical circumstances surrounding Ishi's appearance in Oroville in 1911 and also about the efforts to repatriate his remains.

3–3:45 p.m.
“California Indian Voices,” 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. Many of those interviewed attended the CIC conference last year.

3:45–4:30 p.m.
“Bound to Tradition” 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.

“Please join us in viewing these new films,” said Amy Huberland, assistant coordinator of the Northeast Information Center. “They capture the voices and experiences of California Indians in a way that is powerful in its message and moving in its content.”

The conference is open to all, but the scheduled luncheon is now full. For more information, email Huberland at ahuberland@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-5438.