Indigenous Film: Indigenous Perspectives on Whaling

Indigenous Film

Wednesday, July 24

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Ricketson Auditorium

The Story of Priest Point, Directed by students of Tulalip Heritage School.  Killer whales (Orcas) rescue the residents of Priest Point from starvation in this animated version of a traditional Tulalip story.  (Longhouse Media, 2010, 2 min.). 

Button Blanket, Director Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk).  This impressionist documentary presents a stunning montage of moving images, integrating the creation of a button blanket, the performance of a traditional dance and the art of the Heiltsuk people of the West Coast of Canada.  (National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with APTN Vistas series, 2009, 4 min.). 

The Makah Nation: A Whaling People. Whales form the heart of Makah Culture. One of the Makah’s oldest stories tells how Thunderbird saved the Tribe from starvation by providing a whale to eat. By 1920, non-Indian commercial whaling had driven gray whale populations nearly extinct. The Makah voluntarily stopped whaling more than 30 years before the U.S. and other countries began to regulate commercial whaling through the International Whaling Commission. Gray whale populations have since rebounded to historic high levels. In 1999 the Makah populations have since rebounded to historic high levels. In 1999 the Makah harvested their first gray whale in more than 70 years, reviving the Makah whaling tradition and renewing the Tribe’s culture. (Bristol Productions Ltd., 2002, 19 min.)

Following the film, please join us for a discussion/Q&A moderated by Mervyn Tano, President, IIIRM.

Free, RSVP NOT required. Seating on first come basis. 


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