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

Film: Honor Totem (2014)

Presented as part of the American Indian Film Series
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. The shooting sparked an outcry that extended beyond the city of Seattle and the native community. The slain man's older brother Rick Williams chose a peaceful response through an ambitious endeavor to carve a 34-foot totem pole in honor of the Williams family's artistic legacy and the memory of one of its most talented carvers.

About the American Indian Film Series

The American Indian Film Series is presented by Appalachian State University’s Gadugi Program and the Native American Student Association.

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.”

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