Celebrating Indigenous Wisdom through Film: Wednesday, April 24, 6:30pm


About the Event: Join community members from throughout the capital region for this special evening of film screenings, dialogue, guest speakers, and a reception all focused on Celebrating Indigenous Wisdom through Film. The event is being hosted by The George Washington University Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and sponsored by the Fulbright Association National Capital Area Chapter and Transform Mid-Atlantic. All are welcome to attend, including students, faculty, educators, community members, civic leaders, and other representatives from colleges and universities, K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and others interested in the topic and event. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A reception will follow the film screenings and Q&A. Scroll below to learn more about the films, the evening's guest speakers, and to register for the event.

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ABOUT THE VISION WITHIN (2015): The Vision Within tells the story of a group of students who travel deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to meet an ancient dream culture living today in much the same way that they have lived for thousands of years. As they return home from their journey they must find ways to integrate their profound experiences into meaningful, engaged lives in service of their own inner visions and the future of our planet. The film is an exploration of the critical role that our inner visions can play in our lives, in education, and in awakening a socially just, environmentally sustainable future.

ABOUT OUR STORY (2022): Diné and Pueblo people directly impacted by oil and gas extraction in the Greater Chaco region have been organizing for generations to protect the wellbeing of their communities, sacred sites, and the integrity of the landscape. But rarely is this story of extraction and land defense told from their perspectives. Our Story emerges from a long-standing collaboration between local Diné leaders in the Greater Chaco region, Pueblo organizers, and a small team of community-engaged media makers to share the story of the Indigenous-led fight to protect this sacred landscape. Click here to visit the film's webpage. 

Celebrating Indigenous Wisdom Guest Speakers

Daniel Tso (Diné) is a Council Delegate for the 24th Navajo Nation Council where he represents the Chapters of Littlewater, Pueblo Pintado, Torreon, Whitehorse Lake, Baca Prewitt, Casamero Lake, Ojo Encino, and Counselor. He is the Chair of the Navajo Nation Health, Education, and Human Services Committee. Tso is a longtime advocate for environmental justice, health equity, Indigenous education, and the wellbeing of Diné people. He is also an award winning filmmaker, serving as co-director of the documentary film Our Story.

Michael Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker documenting the climate crisis and related social-environmental issues. In addition to creating visual stories, he is deeply interested in how our narratives can help drive social impact. His work has been featured by outlets such as National Geographic, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. He's been honored by awards such as the Portrait of Humanity Award (Winner), the Decade of Change Award (Winner), The Welcome Prize for Photography (Shortlist), the LensCulture Portrait Awards (Finalist), and the Visualizing Climate Change Award (Winner). Snyder is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at Syracuse University's Newhouse School in New York.

Andrew Garling, along with a group of five other activists and leaders, launched the first commemoration of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Millions of people in the United States and around the world participated in rallies, protests, community service, and teach-ins in the first year. Since then, Earth Day has become a time to catalyze thoughtful dialogue and action about the planet and environmental justice. Garling has noted that the promise of Earth Day was realized through the efforts of a diverse coalition, including scientists, conservationists, Democrats and Republicans.

Somah Toya Haaland is a queer Indigenous filmmaker, performer, poet, and organizer. Their mission: Educate the public on climate injustices, and advocate for radical equality for the LGBTQ+ Indigenous community. They have served as a Communications Coordinator for the Pueblo Action Alliance. Haaland's performances include narrating the film Our Story: The Indigenous Led Fight to Protect Greater Chaco.

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