Films celebrate Napa’s Native American history

2013-01-09T13:05:00Z Films celebrate Napa’s Native American historyRegister report Napa Valley Register
January 09, 2013 1:05 pm  • 

 Suscol Intertribal Council will present the premier showings of two locally produced films about Native Americans at a February benefit event.

“Awakening Healing Voices of Our Ancestors: A Destiny Reclaimed” is a 30-minute documentary about a local pow-wow whose participants are reclaiming Native American traditions, songs and ceremony.

The second 30-minute film, “The Sky is the Roof,” documents the ecological impact of colonialism on the local river valley.

Intermission will feature a local Native American drum circle and California traditional Pomo dancers and singers. A discussion will follow with local filmmaker Beth Nelsen and Suscol Council Executive Director Charlie Toledo.

This will be an opportunity to imagine the Napa Valley as the sustainable paradise that supported more than 40,000 people for over 10,000 years in permanent villages from the southern marshes to Calistoga, sponsors said.

Proceeds will go towards the development of Suskol House, a living example of the traditional Native American lifestyle.

The event will Feb. 19, 7 p.m., at the Napa Valley Opera House.

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