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Native American Heritage Day

2018; 26 minutes

A documentary short film about one of Maryland’s modern-day, non-reservation dwelling Indian tribes. The Piscataway people’s ongoing struggle to retain and share their heritage frames the journey of Cryz – the two-spirit (LGBT) daughter of the Tribal Chairwoman – from rejection to acceptance of her leadership role in the tribe. Filmmakers Susanne Coates and Emily Wathen will be introducing their film and participate in a post-screening Q&A discussion!

Before the film, starting at 1pm, Ryan Koons (Folklife Specialist at the Maryland State Arts Council) will present The Importance and Limits of Land Acknowledgements, a 30-minute lecture about the MSAC’s Land Acknowledgement Project. The project aims to help businesses and organizations use the process of creating and delivering land acknowledgements to learn more about Indigenous peoples, history, and culture, and to work towards positive change led by Indigenous peoples.

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