Indigenous Film

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.

Films will be screened at the Museum’s Ricketson Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 6:30 p.m. Please use the Evening entrance on the west side of the Museum. Admission is free. 

June 14
6:30 p.m.

A Showcase of Youth Film

Celebrate the creativity of indigenous youth as they present cultural traditions, confront colonialism, reflect on the importance of language, connect with elders, and bring tribal teachings into their day-to-day lives, acknowledging and embracing the importance of family, tradition and language as they prepare for their role as the next generation of leaders and bearers of culture. In recognition of National Aboriginal History Month in Canada, we focus on films from First Nations youth, produced through Wapikoni Mobile (2015).

Awaskinawason (The Children of the Earth), dir. Antony Dubé (Manawan). From the Atikamekw words awacic (child), aski (earth) and takonawason (having responsibility for). A call to respect the circle of life. (2015, 3 min.)

Challwan Kvzaw (The Art of Fishing), from Mapuche Communication and Cinema School of Aylla Rewe Budi. A Mapuche man teaches his grandchildren the art of fishing as it used to be practiced. (7 min.).

Muk, Collective from Unamen Shipu Workshop. There was a time when lobster fishermen of Unamen Shipu (La Romaine) could not practice their profession without being threatened. A portrait of a tradition peacefully restored. (6 min.).

Shipu (River), directors Shanice Mollen Picard, Uapukun Mestokosho Mckenzie (Innu from Ekuanitshit-Mingan). The importance of protecting “the ancestors’ highways.” (6 min.).

We Will Rise, dir. Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu). A poetic message to rise up & be heard. (4 min.).

Innu-Assit, director Jonathan Grégoire (Innu from Uashat Mak Mani-Uteman). A comparison of yesterday’s Innu territory with today’s Innu reservation; they are not the same. (4 min.).

Strong Woman Song, director Naomi Condo (Mikmaq from Gesgapegiag). The traditional Strong Woman Song revamped to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. (4 min.).

Obedjiwan 5-0, director Fyanna Boivin (Atikamekw from Opitciwan). A portrait of a 14-year-old young woman who wants to become a police officer. (2 min.).

Rien sur les moccasins (Nothing About Mocassins) (Atikamekw from Opitciwan).Respecting her grandmother’s wishes, there will be no film about moccasins. (4 min.).

Nitanish – To My Daughter, director Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Innu), cofounder of Idle No More Quebec, addresses a tender message to her baby daughter growing within her. (3 min.).

Films are subtitled in English. A sign language interpreter will be provided upon request for the film discussion - three business days’ notice requested. Contact

Audience discussion and Q&A will follow the film screening.

2017 Schedule– Film titles to be announced
July 12 (Screening will take place in Ricketson Auditorium)
August 9
September 13
October 8 (Screening will take place in Ricketson Auditorium)
November 8
No screening in December

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