CSU, Chico News

‘California Indian Voices’ Will Be Screened at Anthropology Forum

Date: 02-17-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Jesse Dizard
Department of Anthropology

The film "California Indian Voices," a collection of interviews of Northern California Indians completed in fall 2011 during the California Indian Conference held at California State University, Chico, will have its first screening at the Anthropology Forum Thursday, Feb. 23. The showing, at 4 p.m. in Ayres Hall 120, is free and open to the public.

Conference participants were invited to share their stories as part of the Media for Future Generations project, and approximately 20 people from a variety of tribes participated. Professor Jesse Dizard interviewed them over the course of the three-day conference and then edited their comments for thematic continuity regarding racism, the environment, what it means to be an Indian person in the 21st century and their hopes for future generations.

Dizard teaches cultural anthropology at CSU, Chico, and is the chair of the Anthropology and Native American Relations Committee. “Frankly, conducting these intensive interviews was – and remains – an extremely moving experience,” said Dizard, “one for which I am deeply grateful to those who generously shared some of their stories.”

Dizard received technical assistance in the making of the film from his colleagues, staff and students at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology on the CSU, Chico campus.

The documentary will be available for use in classes at CSU, Chico in the anthropology program and allied disciplines, as well as other appropriate venues. Dizard also plans to enter it in relevant film festivals and is exploring options for distribution.