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LETTER FROM FOUNDER WELCOME,
World MUSE believes film is a powerful medium for highlighting social justice issues and amplifying the voices of those most directly impacted by them. We have partnered with Unlocked Films to produce a series of documentary films that inspire reflection, education, and action.
“A Reflection of Life” is our second full-length documentary. The film explores water issues in the Pacific Northwest, while noting the broader issues facing the entire West. Filmmaker Jesse Locke interviewed members of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Chugach Alaska Native Corporation and Valdez Native Tribes, The Klamath Tribes, The Nez Perce Tribe, The Hopi Tribe, and Standing Rock Tribe to magnify the Indigenous voices, stories and wisdom featured in the film.
World MUSE has also partnered with COCC’s Native American College Prep Program, along with two Warm Springs filmmakers, to produce a short film featuring the voices of Native Youth. This will be screened along with “A Reflection of Life” on April 20th at both The Tower Theater and Madras Performing Arts Center. A Conversation Series exploring some of the topics covered in the films will be held on April 21st at High Desert Music Hall in Redmond.
It is an honor to share Indigenous voices, experiences, and wisdom. We invite you to join us in listening to and learning from the original stewards of this land and its water sources.
With Deep Gratitude,
Amanda Stuermer MUSE Founder
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A REFLECTION OF LIFE
We will be hosting film premieres in Bend and Madras on April 20th. Both our full-length documentary and our youth short will be screened at each event. We will also be hosting a Conversation Series on April 21st in Redmond. It will feature panel discussions around three main themes from the film: Agriculture, Youth Voices, and The Warm Springs Water Situation. Each panel will be 30 minutes long with a 15 minute break in between. Coffee and snacks will be provided and there are options on the premises for lunch after the event.
Please note there are separate ticket links on our website for each event. Tickets for the film premieres begin at $5 and include a limited time online viewing option with closed captioning. Tickets for the Conversation Series are free but must be reserved in advance.
FILM PREMIERE AT THE TOWER THEATER
835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703
6:00-8:00PM (DOORS OPEN: 5:30PM)
FILM PREMIERE AT THE MADRAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
412 Buff Street, Madras, OR 97741
6:00-8:00PM (DOORS OPEN: 5:30PM)
CONVERSATION SERIES AT HIGH DESERT MUSIC HALL
818 SW Forest Ave, Redmond, OR 97756
9:30AM-12:00PM (DOORS OPEN: 9:00AM)
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PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT ACOSIA RED ELK
ENROLLED MEMBER OF THE UMATILLA TRIBE FROM NORTHEASTERN OREGON TERRITORY
Acosia Red Elk is a 10x World Champion Jingle Dancer, International Yoga Teacher, Glass Artist, Cultural Teacher and Wellness Advocate who is known for public speaking, storytelling, Tribal dance performance, Indigenizing fitness, teaching yoga from an Indigenous lens and teaching Powwow Dance to Tribal youth across the nation. Acosia travels the world sharing cultural knowledge, movement and meditation. She is passionate about sharing yoga and movement as a way to heal from historical & intergenerational trauma. Acosia is the creator of Powwow Yoga, a fusion practice
CONFEDERATION OF THE WARM SPRINGS, WASCO AND PAIUTE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
Brigette McConville has served on the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and also as a tribal anthropologist, a Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish commissioner, and the Fish and Wildlife Committee of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Besides dealing with the business and management of fish, by invitation she teaches history and art in the Columbia River school district. Mrs. McConville teaches a plateau history because she is able to communicate the importance of community education and awareness of her Tribe’s 1855 Treaty and land management activities in their ceded lands, usual and accustomed lands and aboriginal territories.
“Our poor planet. She’s sick. People take her for granted, and one of these days she’s just going to say I’ve had it.”
Mrs. McConville previously served on the board of directors of the Oregon Historical Society and is currently a member of the Oregon State Cultural Resource Task Force, both positions appointed by the Governor. She is also the business owner of Salmon King Fisheries.
that braids together Tribal Dancing and Yoga for a well rounded workout with an Indigenous approach to wellness. Acosia leads classes with a 7 Generation Approach, meaning that everything that we do should be done with a sustainable mindset to protect what is most sacred to us.
“We are connected to all living things. They have become part of our DNA through centuries of coexistence. We are poisoning our lifeblood and destroying the animals that connect us to our creation stories. These actions will echo through generations if we don’t come together to create solutions.”
Acosia is an advocate for health and wellness and encourages all people on earth to recognize the Indigenous knowledge within them so that they can continue to build bridges and protect earth’s resources for the future generations and beyond .
PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT SPRING ALASKA SCHREINER
CHUGACH ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATION AND VALDEZ NATIVE TRIBE
Spring Alaska Schreiner is the owner and Principal EcologistIndigenous Agriculturalist of Sakari Farms. Spring serves on multiple regional and national agricultural boards and educational committees and advocates for local farmers and tribal members. Spring received the 2019 NASDA Women Farm to Food Award, and more recently, the recipient of the 2021 Na’ahlee Tribal Fellowship and the 2022 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award for the PNW.
“My name is Upingaksraq (the time when the ice breaks). I am an enrolled member and shareholder of the Chugach Alaska Native Corporation and Valdez Native Tribe. Inupiaq lineage allows a unique/diverse cultural perspective of the use of historical food systems ranging from Alaska to Oregon and regional tribal lands on Turtle Island.”
Spring participates in the USDA Indian Agricultural Council, Made by Native American Export Food Program, Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, American Indian Housing Authority, PNW Intertribal Food Sovereignty Coalition, and many other regional policy based boards and committees.
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YOUTH SPOTLIGHT LINDSEY LITTLESKY
CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION
I am an 18 year old Šináata Scholar Freshman at Whitman College, meaning I have a full ride scholarship studying environmental studies and politics at the liberal arts college located on the traditional homelands of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla, in hopes of being an environmental justice lawyer. At Whitman College, I serve as the Indigenous Peoples Education & Culture Club President. I am a committed goalkeeper for the Whitman Women’s Soccer program & Midfielder for the Whitman Women’s Lacrosse program. I also am a member of the Whitman College Advisory Council for CTUIR Collaboration. I have served six years as the CTUIR Youth Leadership Council Chairwoman advocating for mental health awareness, salmon protection, and wellness prevention. I am an enrolled member of the San Felipe Pueblo Katishtya, a descendant of the Hopi Nation and Oglala Lakota Nation.
WARM SPRINGS / WASCO / PAIUTE
A filmmaker and storyteller from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. His passion, dedication, and love for film derive from his Indigenous teachings and lived experience as a tribal member. His films contain a unique, impactful and powerful approach to narrative and documentary storytelling.
“My mission is to change the Indigenous stereotypes of film and to represent us through an authentic lens. The Indigenous perspective is what’s missing in Hollywood today and needs to be brought to light. There are too many untouched original stories waiting to be filmed, and that being filmed by an Indigenous director.”
LaRonn is currently based in Portland, Oregon and hopes to continue to amplify the stories and honor the voices of Warm Springs & Indigenous people.
SPOTLIGHT BRUTIS BAEZ
CONFEDERATION OF THE WARM SPRINGS, WASCO AND PAIUTE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
Brutis Baez is a Warm Springs tribal member (Wasco/Warm Springs/Paiute) who enjoys all aspects of art and culture. Brutis has been making music since high school and has released 7 albums which are available on all online streaming platforms under “Bigg B.” While making a music video he discovered a new passion with filming. He released an autobiography titled “More Than Music” along with several music videos for his albums. Now Brutis spends most of his time working on film projects related to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, helping indigenous voices be heard.
PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT GENEVA MAYALL POTAWATOMI NATION AND YONSEI
Geneva Mayall is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American). She comes from a line of storytellers and social justice advocates and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother who at the age of ninety-three still attends civil protests every Friday on the streets of Oakland. Geneva currently works with Central Oregon Community College teaching Native high school students how to prepare for life after high school and maintain cultural connection and pride. It is Geneva’s goal to combine her bloodline of social justice and passion for storytelling to help bring the community together. Wdetandan jagenagenanRespect for all our relations.
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THE CHUUSH FUND
Please check out and support if possible these action steps identified by the Tribal Entities featured in the film:
Water for Warm Springs - Seeding Justice
Support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s continued efforts in the Dakota Access Pipeline Battle
THE NATAWANI COALITION
Dedicated to preserving Hopi farming traditions, strengthening the local Hopi food system
HOPI TUTSKWA PERMACULTURE
To create community-based solutions in order to pass knowledge to future generations and rebuild culturally sustainable and healthy communities www.hopitutskwa.org
THE AMBO FUND
Water for The Klamath - Seeding Justice
Native Directed Water Protection Efforts
Please consider donating to a general fund that will be distributed by our Native Production Team to various Tribal-led water protection projects and programs.
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SPECIAL LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
World Muse acknowledges that we are settlers on the traditional homelands of the Confederation of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute Native American Tribes. We are all treaty signers, and are thus responsible and accountable for the historical and present day violence that Indigenous people face. Until action is taken to identify and empower Indigenous people, until accurate history is taught, and until land-based justice is carried out, a land acknowledgement statement feels mostly empty and alienating. World Muse has committed to making annual reparations to the Warm Springs Tribal Council as a small but necessary action. We invite you to learn more about whose land we reside on and find ways to take action.
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Thank you to all of the partners who made this film and this event a reality. We could not do this work without your support.
Sustaining Northline Wealth Management
Presenting Native Fish Society, Oregon Arts Commission, Hydroflask
Supporting Oregon Desert Land Trust, Barre3 Bend
Event Brooks Resources, Central Oregon Community College, St. Charles Foundation, Euijin Gray, The Source Weekly
Community Deschutes River Alliance
Media The Source Weekly, Bend Magazine, OPB, KPOV
Producers Acosia Red Elk, Brigette McConville, Spring Alaska Schreiner, Brutis Baez
Filmmaker Jesse Locke
Executive Producers Amanda Stuermer, Kimberly Paxton
YOUTH FILM TEAM
Producer Geneva Mayall
Filmmakers Brutis Baez, LaRonn Katchia
Event Producers Abby June Becker, Geneva Mayall
Graphic Design Euijin Gray
Social Media Manager Jasmine Wilder of Honeybeast Digital
COVER ART Jacque Fraqua Art created from a Wolfn Photographies photo
This film project is supported by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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