Documentary at local film festival explores the work and diversity of Indigenous artists


Courtesy of Julia Keefe

SPOKANE, Wash. – A documentary on Indigenous artists presented in Spokane as part of the One Heart Film Festival, exploring the meaning and diversity of their work.

“Love and Fury”, directed by “Reservation Dogs” creator, Sterlin Harjo, explores culture, identity, history, heritage, cultural appropriation, pain and other topics among Indigenous artists . It depicts the life and work of musicians and painters in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Alaska and other parts of the country.

The film was performed at the Magic Lantern Theater in downtown Spokane on Friday night. The screening included a panel of artists featured in the film.

Julia Keefe, executive director of the festival that appears in the film, said she wanted people to know that the Indigenous people are still there. A member of the Nez Perce tribe, she said indigenous people are creative, honest, rough and vulnerable.

“We [Indigenous people] are not one size fits all. We’re diverse, we’re wonderful storytellers, and we’re here to tell our stories, ”Keefe said.

Micah P. Hinson, a musician featured in the documentary, said identity was an important part of the film for him. A member of the Chickasaw tribe, he said that although he looked white, he was indigenous. Just because he looks a certain way or grew up a certain way, he said it doesn’t take anything away from his ancestors.

Keefe hopes the film, along with the art made by Indigenous people, will shatter any misconceptions non-Indigenous viewers may have about them.

“Hopefully this will shatter the misconception that an Indigenous artist has to look, sound, be, and act in a certain way that has been drilled into our brains by Western culture and Hollywood, etc.” , she said. “We’re as nervous as any other artist of our genre. “

These misconceptions include how an Indigenous musician is a traditional flute player or drummer, or an Indigenous artist only does ledger art or paints horses, according to Keefe. However, she added that there is value and merit in artists who do this with honesty.

“There are also native artists who do graphic arts, pop culture art, art and music that have nothing to do with this traditional conception or perception of what an artist does. or an indigenous musician, ”she said.

She encouraged people to support Aboriginal artists, to watch movies and shows like “Rutherford Falls” and to listen to their stories.

“Now is the time to really help amplify [Indigenous] voices and the stories they tell through their art, ”Keefe said.

The film festival will end on Saturday evening. If you haven’t seen the documentary, it will air at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Magic Lantern. In addition, the short film program will take place at 4 p.m. in the theater.

At the Washington Cracker Co. Building, music for the documentary will be played at 7:30 p.m.

You can find the program of events here.

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