It's October 14th! Which means it's National Indigenous Peoples Day* in America!!!
*In participating states & cities
So to celebrate this day, here are 15 works written, directed, starring or sung by Indigenous People from around the world!
There There by Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho)
There There weaves together 12 distinct stories following Native Americans from all backgrounds, who all come together for the Big Oakland Powwow.
Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq (Inuk/Inuit)
Part poetry, part memoir, part fiction, Tanya Tagaq weaves various forms of writing to tell a story of a young Inuk girl who grows up in the 1970s.
Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village by Victor Montejo (Mayan, Jakaltek)
A first hand account of the genocide of a villiage during the Guatemalan civil war told by the survivor.
The Marrow Theives by Cherie Dimaline (Georgian Bay Métis)
People are no longer able to dream except one key group, Indeginous Peoples from North America. Their bone marrow holds the key but obtaining it means death for the donors.
Poems I Brought Down From The Mountain by Humberto Ak'abal (Mayan, K'iche)
Poems written by Humberto Ak'abal, in both their original language (K'iche) and translated to English. A glossary of K'iche words with a pronunciation guide are included.
*This book is rather hard to find but there are some select poems from it up on his website
Whole Lotta Talking by Link Wray (Shawnee)
Stadium Powwow by A Tribe Called Red ft. Black Bear (Mohawk & Cayuga)
Redemption by Gackt (Ryukyuan)
Walk Alone by LightningCloud (Huichol Indian & Enoch Cree)
Xíimbal Kaaj by Pat Boy & Yazmín Novelo (Yucatec Maya)
"nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up" directed by Tasha Hubbard (Cree)
"On a summer day in 2016, a young Indigenous man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The emotionally charged trial and acquittal of Stanley caused shock and outrage across Canada, capturing international attention and raising questions about prejudice within the judicial system, and anti-Indigenous racism in the nation."
"What We Do In The Shadows" directed by and starring Taika Waititi (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Maori)
"Some interviews with some vampires."
"Blood Quantum" directed by Jeff Barnaby (Mi'kmaq)
"Zombies are devouring the world, yet an isolated Mi’gmaq community is immune to the plague. Do they offer refuge to the denizens outside their reserve or not?"
"Black Bitch" directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Deborah Mailman (Aboriginal)
"A local Indigenous politician is recruited to the senate by the Australian Prime Minister after a contentious video goes viral.""Sami Blood" directed Amanda Kernell (Sami)
"A teenage girl is taken from her home and family and sent to a state school where indigenous students are converted into acceptable members of Swedish society."
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