Friday May 18th:
5:00pm Doors open: Indigenous Food Tasting, Art, and Music
5:30pm Tribal Justice (1 hr 27 min)
7:00pm Out of State (1 hr 32 min)
8:30pm Panel (including Skype of film director Ciara Lacy)
Saturday May 19th:
9:ooam Doors open: Art and Music
9:30 am IITOOMINIKII (34 min)
10:00am Panel (including Directors Kyla and Robert Eastman)
10:30am Navajo Math Circles (1 hr)
11:30am Panel (including Math Circles teachers Matt Roscoe and Skype with Dr. Henry Fowler)
12:00pm Local shorts and presenter panels
1:30pm-3:00pm Missoula Art Museum (MAM) Indigenous Art Tour and Meet the Artists
3:00pm Indigenous Food Tasting, Art, Music
3:30pm We Breath Again (57 min)
5:00pm Indian Horse (1 hr 40 min)
7:00pm Panel (including Alex Lazarowich)
8:00pm Before the Streets (1 hr 35 min)
9:30am Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco (27 min)
10:00am Rumble: The Indians that Rocked the World (1 hr 45 min)
3:30pm What was Ours (1 hr 14 min)
5:00pm The Love of the Game (45 min)
The MUIHC Health Department will provide traditional Indigenous foods offered throughout the festival and paired with educational information about historical significance, contemporary use, and health benefits.
“We, the First Nation descendents, are living proof of courage and resilience. We offer our work to the next generation so that they may carry the flame of knowledge and keep alive our traditions, our foods, and our medicines for generations to come.” – Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen
Indigenous peoples of North America ate food that was local, seasonal, and healthy. The original Indigenous diet has no processed foods, no sugar, no wheat (or gluten), no dairy, no high-cholesterol animal products. It is a naturally low glycemic, high protein, low salt, plant based with lots of grains, seeds, and nuts. The Missoula Urban Indian Center will be offering contemporary and authentic Indigenous appetizers from Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef.
Art Exhibition: Missoula Children’s Theatre
MAM is honored to celebrate Native artists with a loan of six artworks from the MAM Contemporary American Indian Art Collection to the 2018 Indigenous Film Festival. The artworks, selected by IFF organizers in collaboration with MAM staff, will be displayed in the Missoula Children’s Theatre lobby during the festival. They represent some of the most historically significant artists to work in Montana and the Northwest, including Ernie Pepion (Blackfeet, 1943-2005), who began painting powerful, dreamlike images following an accident that left him quadriplegic, Joe Feddersen (Colville, 1953-), who blends traditional Plateau-style geometric patterns and contemporary photographic imagery, and Crow sisters Susan Stewart (1953-) and Kathryn Stewart (1951-1993), who co-founded Montana Indian Contemporary Arts and both combine abstract mark making with figurative and spiritual symbols. Highlighting the display is a sculpture by Gail Tremblay (Mi’kmaq/Onandaga, 1945-), who weaves traditional-style baskets out of discarded film stock and leaders, providing a sly commentary on contemporary Native arts and representation in Hollywood and the media. Tremblay has influenced a generation of Native and non-Native artists alike through her teaching career at Evergreen State College.
MAM, committed to exploring and preserving the work of Native artists, established the Contemporary American Indian Art Collection in 1998 with two prints by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai, Métis-Cree, Shoshone-Bannock). Now, with more than 200 prints, paintings, drawings, and sculptures by 59 artists, this Collection is reputed to be one of the largest of its kind in the Northern Plains states.