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December 24, 2013 > Native American film festival debuts

Native American film festival debuts

Submitted By Beverly Ortiz

Find out about Ohlone basketry, Pomo basketry, Yokuts cultures, and contemporary Ohlone cultural involvements through rarely known and shown films, introduced, described, and discussed within their full cultural context and meaning. The ÒCalifornia Indian Film FestivalÓ was conceived as an opportunity for people to begin their new year with film showings that focus of the first peoples of Central California, with an emphasis on Ohlone peoples of the Bay Area, their cultures and history, past to present. Participants in this free film festival can enjoy the films and the beauty and tranquility of the park on New Year's Day.

Films to be shown:

ÒIndians of CaliforniaÓ
Made in 1954 on the banks of the Kern River, this film features a Yokuts family sharing the old ways of their people, including house building, basketry, arrowhead making, hunting, acorn cooking and more.

ÒRoots of BeautyÓ
This film features the making of Pomo baskets, beginning with the gathering and processing of materials used to weave the baskets.

ÒBuried Stories: Featuring the life of Ella Rodriguez (Esselen)Ó
Taken from her family at the age of thirteen to an Indian boarding school and consequently criminalized as a runaway, Ella Rodriguez spent her early years labeled as a juvenile delinquent. ÒBuried StoriesÓ follows Ella in her seventies as she finally faces these memories. This journey extends to her ancient past as her work in archaeology unearths lost dimensions of her cultural heritage.

ÒOhlone Basketry: Featuring the basketry of Linda Yamane (Rumsien Ohlone)Ó
This video short provides an overview of the steps involved in weaving Ohlone basketry, from the gathering of the materials, to the steps in weaving the basket.

ÒExcerpts of footage from the Gathering of Ohlone Peoples at Coyote Hills Regional ParkÓ
Selected footage from Ohlone presenters at this annual gathering that has taken place from 1994-2013.

ÒCotanoan Rumsen Tribe of Ohlone People: Reclaiming Land, Language and SpiritÓ
Five new documentary shorts that reflect the tribeÕs current cultural reclamation projects made in collaboration with Pitzer Adjunct Professort Gina Lamb and Media Arts Social Justice students.

ÒBridge WalkersÓ
Bridge Walkers is an 18-minute documentary about Ohlone sacred sites that offers a fresh look at the cultural and spiritual significance of these locations to Ohlone people today, and the importance of preservation in light of the historical experience of Ohlones of San Francisco and Bay Region.

California Indian Film Festival
Wednesday, Jan 1
10 a.m. Ð noon: featuring Ohlone peoples today)
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: featuring basketry and other themes
Coyote Hills
8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont
(510) 544-3220
Free admission
$5 parking

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