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 Phipps Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 6:30 p.m. Please use the IMAX Evening entrance on the east side of the Museum.

Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

May 10
6:30 p.m.

100 Tikis and This River: A Look at Stereotyping and Its Consequences

100 Tikis. Producer Dan Taulapapa McMullin describes this work as an “appropriation video,” comprising material from Hollywood films, cartoons, television shows, U.S. military films, foreign films, social media, paintings, photographs, songs and texts. The film interrogates the racism, sexism, and colonialism is such media. For McMullin, it is a life-affirming act to address the stereotypes and appropriations of Polynesians and Pacific Islanders that have been, and are now, confronted with under colonialism. (Dan Taulapapa McMullin,, 2016, 45 min.).

This River, from directors Erika MacPherson, Katherena Vermette addresses the epidemic of indigenous women in Canada who have disappeared, presumed to have been murdered, their bodies rarely found. After the discovery of a teenage girl’s body in the Red River that flows through Winnipeg, volunteers created a flotilla called Drag the Red (DTR) to search for missing friends and family. This River presents the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. (National Film Board of Canada, 2016, 16 min.).

Following the films, Lisa Calderon, Director of the Community Re-entry Project, a program of Denver’s Crime Prevention and Control Commission, will speak about violence against indigenous women, and facilitate a discussion about such violence and its connection to stereotyping and the commodification/objectification of indigenous women.

2017 Schedule– Film titles to be announced
June 14 (Screening will take place in Ricketson Auditorium)
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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