Through research, education, advocacy and alliance building, The Cultural Conservancy’s mission is to protect Native lands, document and revitalize endangered songs, stories and traditional knowledge and advocate for the health and well being of indigenous communities.
Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program supports Native filmmakers across the U.S. and around the world. The Program invites promising Native filmmakers to develop their projects through the mechanisms of support at Sundance Institute, and then return with their work to Native lands to inspire new generations of storytellers.
The project engaged 20 local Native youth ages 5 to 17 who live in Sonoma County, California in creating and delivering a theatrical performance designed to illuminate local Native cultural maintenance and social issues and build awareness and understanding of Native cultures.
In coordination with regional partners, the conference convened an “arts and the environment” focused symposium at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, in Bozeman, Montana. This special convening brought together key culture bearers and artists of the region and nationally.
Christen Marquez is a young filmmaker working to dispel the “Exotic Other” myths that surround indigenous peoples. “Through the fusion of cultures in my work, I intend to carry the message of non-indigenous and indigenous communities alike, that we refuse to be fossilized,” said Marquez.
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development (SGF) is an Indigenous Peoples’ organization founded in 1977 to mobilize resources, develop the capacity of, and strengthen the strategies for the sovereignty of Native communities. The foundation offers an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience, leadership development and fiscal management, lending support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities.