“A powerfully illuminating film — a history lesson that you’re ashamed to have never learned but whose truths you’ll likely never forget.”

— Crosscut

Dawnland

Film • Nov 20

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Free admission!

This screening is the opening event for the 2019 Equity Summit: Conversations on Race and Reconciliation and is presented in partnership with the UofSC Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation. The Equity Summit creates a space for those actively engaged in race equity and inclusion efforts across the southeast to lean on and learn from each other. It will also allow for the creation of a network, spanning the southeast, of people working towards equity in a variety of fields: a systemic approach to a systemic issue.

The three-day conference will take place from November 20-22, 2019 at the Nickelodeon Theatre and the South Carolina State Museum. We will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on November 20 at the Nick, ending with a keynote conversation with Esther Anne, co-founder of Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation Engagement Advocacy Change Healing (REACH). The talk will be followed by a screening of the Emmy Award-winning film, Dawnland, focused on the work of REACH and a conversation with members of the South Carolina Indian Affairs Commission. The post-film conversation will feature Terence Lilly Little Water (CEO, South Carolina Indian Affairs Commission).

About Dawnland:

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

Dawnland foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.

Preceded by the following short film, in honor of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month:

Fainting Spells (10 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño)
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

Shiinaab Part II (8 minutes), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians)
A look at Ojibwe ideas surrounding the death process as a young man strives to honor his late father.

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (4 minutes), Eva Kaukai (Inuit) and Manon Chamberland (Inuit)
Eva and Manon practice the art of throat singing in the small village of Kangirsuk, in their native Arctic land. Interspliced with footage of the four seasons of Kangirsuk by Johnny Nassak.

For more information on the conference visit their site here.

5:30pm | Reception in Nick Lobby
6:00pm | Keynote with Esther Anne, co-founder of Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation Engagement Advocacy Change Healing (REACH)
6:30pm | Dawnland Screening
8:30pm (approx.) | Talkback with Terence Lilly Little Water (CEO, South Carolina Indian Affairs Commission)

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