Free Public Screening of “1491” Docu-drama
The Native Circle of Newaygo County will host a free screening of the docu-drama “1491: The Untold Story of the Americas” on Thursday, June 28, at 7pm. The event will be held at Loomis Lodge, 198 Croton Drive, Newaygo. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
“1491” is an eight part mini-series that focuses on what the continents that are now called the Americas were actually like before colonization. It provides a glimpse into the robust, complex and interconnected lives of the hundreds of Indigenous tribes and the land upon which they lived from the perspective of First Nations Indigenous people. It also enlightens and corrects history books by showing that Indigenous people on this continent made great advancements in agriculture, astronomy, architecture, environment, governance, medicine, technology, science, trade and art over the last 20,000 years.
“We will be showing two of the six episodes of 1491, and we are eager to share it with our local communities - everyone is welcome!”, states Mary Anne Bolthouse, a member of the Native Circle of Newaygo County who has been working with the filmmakers to bring part of this series to our area.
“We would love to have families with young adults come join us to see this important work about our Ancestors,” explained Larry Gouine, Native Circle Ogema (Chairperson). “We want to share our hidden history with our neighbors and let people know that ‘we are still here’.”
The series was written by Barbara Hager (Cree/Métis) and Marie Clements (Métis) of Canada, and is based on the book “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann (Knopf, 2005).
The Native Circle of Newaygo County is a coalition of Native American Indigenous people and supporters whose mission is “....dedicated to preserving our various First Nations cultures and traditions through education and learning from Indigenous people’s histories, experiences and perspectives.”
For information, email “NativeCircle4@gmail.com”, and visit the Facebook page “Native Circle of Newaygo County.”
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