"Older than America" a film by Georgina Lightning
Prof. Meghan Howey is pleased to announce that working in conjunction with Gedakina (a nonprofit focused on Native American revitalization in New England), we are able to bring Georgina Lightning to campus to show her film “Older than America”. She will show the film and discuss it afterwards. The film will show at 6:10 pm in Horton 207 Thursday, October 13.
The film deals with a critical period of history in North America that all of our anthropology students should know more about, the residential/boarding school system: “Older than America” is the story of a woman’s haunting visions that reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that occurred at a Native American Indian boarding school. It is a contemporary drama about suspense, as “Older than America” delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at Indian boarding schools across the United States and Canada. Lightning states, the film “covers the root of the problem that caused our Native nation to be in the state that it is in today -- the film exposes the reality of the murders and violence that happened in the Indian boarding school system.” More at the website: http://www.olderthanamerica.com/
Georgina is a renowned Native filmmaker and activist, the film has won numerous awards and she is showing the film at the National Museum of the American Indian next month. In sum, this represents a truly unique opportunity for us our students at UNH.