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Saturday, October 25 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
How a People Live

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Lisa Jackson

2013 | 60 min | Canada, Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

US Premiere | Director in Attendance

In 1970, a controversial book, entitled How A People Die was published.  It was purportedly based on the lives of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation, whom the Canadian government forcibly relocated from their traditional territories on the coast of British Columbia in 1964. This response, chronicled four decades later by award-winning Anishinaabe director Lisa Jackson reverses this narrative. Through candid and moving interviews, striking archival films, photos dating back over 100 years, and a visit to the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw’s “Homelands,” Jackson vividly brings to life a people known for their celebrated art, dramatic dance traditions, spectacular potlatch ceremonies, and their strong connection to the land.

Following Lisa Jackson’s film How a People Live, cultural leaders from the Northwest Coast will hold a public conversation on the critical issues facing various Northwest Coast communities, past, present, and future. 


Saturday October 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Linder Theater American Museum of Natural History

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