KAMIAH -- Kamiah Community Library will screen an Indigenous Rights Film Series featuring several documentaries by director Christopher (Toby) McLeod beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the library, 505 Main St. The series is free and open to the public and will continue on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. for at least six weeks. Free popcorn will be provided.
Facilitated by Rick Theile, the series will begin with "In Light of Reverence", a 75-minute film which aired on PBS stations in 2011. PBS provides this synopsis on their website: “For Native Americans, the land is sacred and akin to the world's greatest cathedrals. For others, the land should be used for industry and recreation. Narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal (Metis), In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites.” Discussion questions will follow the film.
Then on Feb. 12 the film series will continue with "Standing on Sacred Ground", a four-part documentary in which native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change. Discussion questions provided by the filmmaker will follow these screenings as well. "Standing on Sacred Ground" has won many prizes including Best Documentary Feature Award (2013) from the American Indian Film Institute.
Rick Theile is a naturalist and professional freelance writer of nature and indigenous cultures. He and his two dogs have been living in nature in the comforts of a tent for more than a year now and hope to continue the journey to write, film and experience the beautiful wonders of nature. Follow his writing on Facebook and Instagram (@naidsinnature).