Film series to begin at Yager Museum

ONEONTA — The Yager Museum of Art & Culture will host a First Nations Film Series in November to mark Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month by screening films by and about Indigenous peoples of North America.

According to a media release, the three films will highlight aspects of contemporary Indigenous politics and culture and emphasize the continuing persistence, complexity and vibrancy of Native people.

The first film, “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” tells the story of the impact of Indigenous people on 20th century popular music.

The title comes from the 1958 instrumental surf song “Rumble” by Link Wray, who was himself Shawnee. The film profiles other Indigenous musicians, including Charlie Patton, Mildred Bailey, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Jimi Hendrix.

It also features interviews with musicians and scholars. “Rumble” will be screened at the museum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The second film, “Makwa Jiimaan: Deep Water Deep Roots,” follows the story of six Teme-Augama Anishnabai youth as they learn how to build a birch bark canoe in traditional fashion.

The film is set in Bear Island, Ontario, home of the Teme-Augama First Nation and also the focus of the museum’s exhibit, Silent Lakes and Flashing Rivers: Fishing Cultures in Temagami.

The film is directed by Derrick LaMere, a member of the Confederated tribes of Colville Dere Lamere. He uses the building of a canoe to ruminate on how land and culture hold together the past, present and future. “Makwa Jiimaan” will be shown at at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The series will conclude with “A Good Day to Die,” which tells the story of the American Indian Movement through the life of Dennis Banks, one of its co-founders and organizers.

Banks, who died in 2017, was a member of the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe and organized AIM in 1969 to provide a political and social organization to represent largely urban Indigenous people.

AIM’s efforts reportedly broadened to include issues of pan-Native civil rights and the film shows the arc of AIMs growth through Banks’ stewardship.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Film screenings are free and open to the public.

Call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Collections and Programs Manager Quentin Lewis, lewisq@hartwick.edu for more information.

Pizza Night at club set for Thursday

WEST ONEONTA — Pizza Night will be held for the public at the Oneonta Veterans Club from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

Pizza, prepared by Oneonta city firefighters, will be available by the slice or pie.

Call 607-432-0494 for more information.

‘Keep Quiet’ to be screened Friday

SUNY ONEONTA — The NAACP Discrimination Matters film series will feature “Keep Quiet” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Waterfront Room in Hunt Union on the SUNY Oneonta campus.

After the film, SUNY and public school educator Ken Sider will facilitate an optional discussion.

DAR to celebrate Veterans Day

DOWNTOWN — A Veterans Day celebration will be hosted by the Oneonta chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Masonic Temple at 322 Main St. in Oneonta.

Major Gen. Peter S. Lennon will present “Our Community Salutes” and 2019 Leatherstocking Honor Flight participants will be honored.

The event will be on the third floor which is accessible by elevator.

 

 

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