• Fidel Leal
  • Traci Royster
  • Sarah Mbiki
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Guin Thi
  • Susan M. Branch ’99
  • Kemal Atkins ’92 ’96
  • Ray Christian

American Indian Film Series

Presented by the Gadugi Program and the Native American Student Association

The Gadugi Program and the Native American Student Association are proud to sponsor Appalachian State University’s third annual American Indian Film Series. This year we will screen two documentaries and a film focusing on issues of American Indian history and culture. With the current struggle at Standing Rock as a backdrop, it has never been more important to understand and honor the culture of First Nations peoples. These films are all free to the public, though they may come at the cost of stereotypes and assumptions. S’gi!

Schedule of Events

  • Film: Indian School: Stories of Survival (2011)
    Nov 3
    Thursday, November 3, 2016
    6:00pm
    Greenbriar Theatre - Plemmons Student Union
    Free event

    Indian School: Stories of Survival explores the educational system developed by U.S. Army Captain Richard H. Pratt, in which Native American children were removed from their tribal communities and confined to barracks-style schools.

  • Film: Skins (2002)
    Nov 10
    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    6:00pm
    Greenbriar Theatre - Plemmons Student Union
    Free event

    Faced with the discovery of a bloodied body, a flaming liquor store, and his brother's ongoing self-destruction, Rudy Yellow Lodge goes on a quest to avenge himself, his family, and his culture and to seek justice.

  • Film: Honor Totem (2014)
    Nov 17
    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    6:00pm
    Greenbriar Theatre - Plemmons Student Union
    Free event

    This poignant documentary chronicles the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole project as a catalyst for healing and justice. The community art project rose from the August 2010 fatal police shooting of Williams, a First Nations woodcarver.

About the Film Series

Gadugi is a partnership between Appalachian State University and Cherokee Central Schools designed to serve Cherokee students and the Eastern Band of Cherokee community. The film series began in 2015 with a screening of The Cherokee Word for Water. Our goal for 2016 was to expand from one film to a series, and thanks to the incredible support of Belk Library and Information Commons, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance and the Office of Student Programs, we have done so.

The Gadugi program made a conscious decision that the films would highlight American Indian issues, biographies and stories from the late twentieth century until today. For too much of American society the American Indian remains as little more than a romanticized stereotype, a relic of a bygone era. The film series seeks to show the vibrant, living modern communities of Indian Country and to proudly proclaim, as did the American Indian Movement, “We Remain.”

The Gadugi Program

Gadugi is the Cherokee word for working together. The Gadugi Program, directed by Dr. Allen Bryant or Reich College of Education, is a partnership between Appalachian's Reich College of Education and of the Eastern Bank of Cherokee on the Qualla Boundary. Bryant teaches Cherokee History and Culture there with Coach Heath Roberston ’05, a Reich College of Education alumnus, who gives up his daily planning period to teach this class. The program's goals include student recruitment and teacher education at Cherokee High School, with the ultimate goal of working together to preserve Cherokee culture.

"There is no question in my mind that this work we are engaged in is making a difference and having a positive impact, both here and on the Boundary. If we keep the faith and maintain a determined, single-minded focus on what are the best ways we may serve the Cherokee nation and her people, this program can continue to grow and prosper."
- Dr. Allen Bryant

For more information about the Gadugi Program please contact Dr. Allen Bryant; bryantja@appstate.edu.

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