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LSSU Arts Center Theatre
Admission is free.
Nov. 3 at 3-5 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
There will be a Q&A session after each showing.

“Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” is an exciting and compelling one-hour documentary that invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the Midwest, particularly Michigan. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make significant contributions to society. Their experiences will deeply touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect, and communication.

The tragic history of Native Americans is considered by many to be our “American Holocaust.” This can be seen in the history of the Boarding School Era, during which time Native children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools. Interviewees explain how this past trauma continues to negatively impact their emotional and physical health today and contribute to urgent social problems.

To help heal this historical trauma, Native peoples are reclaiming their spiritual and cultural identity. In the documentary, an Ojibwa Firekeeper demonstrates the ancient healing ceremony of the Sacred Fire. Also, a Native American businessman, journalist, artist and youth advocate share how they use ancestral teachings to foster diversity and creativity as well as to educate and initiate social change. The stories shared in this documentary are powerful, startling, despairing and inspiring. They reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet, amidst the debris of suffering and trauma, there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next Seven Generations.

Produced by Visions. Audrey Geyer has been an independent video producer/director for almost 20 years. Many of her programs have aired nationally on PBS. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Visions, a non-profit 501(c) 3 independent video production company located in Metro Detroit, which focuses on the production of public affairs documentaries that tell the stories of communities underrepresented in the mainstream media. Visions’ most recent production is “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience.”

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

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