“Native Youth Cooking Show” documentary short

The Native Youth Cooking Show was co-produced by the Native Youth Enrichment Program and the Big Picture High School at Highline, Washington in 2010. The collective idea of Native Youth, this film was to purposely be a cooking show meant to represent Native culture in cooking shows, addressing an absence of other Native cuisine on cable about world foods, while introducing them to traditional foods, medicines, and teachings. “Thank you” to all the participating members of the Native community, especially the local Puget Sound tribes, for sharing their time, knowledge, energy, and teachings with us!

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Big Picture Lafayette (Onondaga) visits Brown University!

The Big Picture High School from Lafayette (Onondaga) in New York state came to visit Brown University on Oct. 17, 2014. The MET School and Big Picture Learning Networks are also found here in Providence, RI and they were able to take students to visit Brown University students and faculty demonstrating a Native American presence and positive role modeling aspect for the BP youth. Students from the Native Americans at Brown (NAB) student group gave generously of their time and were supportive of these high school students to continue their education and share their own experiences while Native faculty also shared experiences of what it was like to be teaching at Brown.

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Native Americans at Brown (NAB) give a campus tour to BP students on campus.

The Lafayette BP has traditionally been around 50% or so Onondaga tribal youth as students, as Lafayette is right out of the reservation boundaries. This is noteworthy as most schools have an average of less than 1% of a Native student population. Having worked with Big Picture Learning Networks before and co-founding the Native Student and Family Wellness Initiative, we worked extensively focusing on and improving the Native American student experience in education involving family, community, advocates, and schools network for the wellness and success of our indigenous students, one of the most under-represented and under-served student populations in the country.

We hope that their visit was a positive and uplifting experience and makes their visit to Brown something they want to keep in mind for their own futures, as well as any other continued education they are thinking about pursuing after high school. We emphasized that being either Native American or from Big Picture schools is a great thing because diversity of student body is something these schools want and their backgrounds, cultures, and experiences make attending an enriching and educating experience for everyone. Many thanks to the NAB tour guides and organizers David Stablein (BP Advisor) and Susan Osborn (BP Lafayette Principal). We wish them the best of luck for the future!

Indigenous Peoples Day Event: “Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum”

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Tonya Gonnella Frichner, featured on right, Onondaga (laywer, activist, professor of American Indian Law and International Human Rights Law and President/Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance of New York and New Jersey.

Gwendolen Cates, featured on far left side, Filmmaker and producer of “Guswenta” (documentary, 33 minutes)

Film Screening Event at the New School @ New York City, sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and Global Studies Program at the New School

October 13, 2014 “Indigenous Peoples Day”

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Fantastic overview of the event of the 400 year anniversary of the Two Row Wampum treaty between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee (“People of the Longhouse”) in 2013 when the canoe journey from Onondaga in central upstate New York to the city of New York to the shore of the United Nations to bring the original message of peace and partnership as brothers “together side by side in the river of life, each not in the way of the other or their governance.” It is the first treaty, signified by the wampum belt and a living record of the event, made with the indigenous peoples of this East Coast region with the European settlers in 1613. Many other treaties followed, in similar fashion with other governments such as the French, British, Spanish, and, of course, the United States.

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The government of the Haudenosaunee, otherwise known as the Six Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora), is one the longest standing participatory democracies in the world and the blueprint of the government of the United States of America respected and observed by men like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. The Treaty of Canandaigua, between the Haudenosaunee and the United States, in 1794 was commissioned by George Washington to memorialize the treaty in wampum as part of the “Peace and Friendship” treaties. The message is that it is time to recognize that relationship of sovereign brotherhood and respect with both Indigenous and European Americans, as well as to honoring the Earth and taking responsibility to take care of it again, to restore both peace and friendship.

Native Tribal Scholars Native Literature Teacher Angelo Baca to screen new documentary at American Indian Film Festival 2013

Angelo Baca, last summer’s Native Tribal Scholars Native Literature teacher, is going to screen his newest documentary collaboration “Into America: The Ancestor’s Land” at the 2013 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at noon, Delancey Street Theatre. The film is directed by Nadine Zacharias and is produced by Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany.

Into America – The Ancestors Land
Director: Nadine Zacharias
Documentary Feature • 84m • Germany

SYNOPSIS:

An extraordinary couple embarks on a journey INTO the heart of AMERICA starting in the water metropolis of Seattle and heading for THE sacred ANCESTORS’ LAND on the arid Navajo Reservation. Showing a dramatic family portrait of a loving grandmother, Helen Yellowman – an enchanting traditional Navajo storyteller who refuses to speak English – and her adult grandson, Angelo Baca – a young academic who commutes between the two worlds, this road trip reveals an unknown America. As both navigate through America’s contradictions, nonetheless celebrating their strong connection to the homeland, it gradually comes to light: the Ancestors’ Lands are being desecrated.

Thank you to the Native Tribal Scholars program for their support and encouragement with filmmaking and education. I hope that I will get to screen this for the NTS students next year or sometime during this school year to bring the story to their community and educate ourselves as well as others. Thank you to all my native family, friends, loved ones, and of course, my Navajo people.

Sincerely,

Angelo Baca

The American Indian Film Festival’s Website listing is here: http://festival.aifisf.com/program/into-america-the-ancestors-land-2/

The Film’s website blog is here: http://intoamericafilm.wordpress.com/

Native Tribal Scholars Program Family Day Speech

Cedric Cromwell, tribal chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, speaks about the NTS program and the native youth who have successfully completed the program celebrating the students accomplishments.

Amherst Gazette Story on Native Tribal Scholars

Ciara Oakley-Robbins, 15, of the Native Tribal Scholar program demonstrates a traditional Native American toy at the program’s end-of-the-year family day. The summer program expresses the importance of college to Native high school students. photo by AYRIKA WHITNEY Mashpeen Wampanoag, … Continue reading