Indian boarding school documentary launches film series October 5 – News


Indigenous Advocacy and Student Support Team’s Fall 2021 film series to begin with documentary discussion Our minds don’t speak English at 4:30 p.m. on October 5 on Zoom.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Ann Haugo, Director of the School of Drama and Dance and Nitakechi Muckintubbee, President of TRIBE. “It was genocide, by definition,” Muckintubbee said. “One of the biggest things we fight for is the recognition of this.”

Our minds don’t speak English is a documentary film that examines the educational system designed to destroy Indian culture and tribal unity. The film offers a candid look at the residential school system from 1879 until the 1960s, combining personal interviews with historical context.

Any interested member of the Illinois State University community is welcome to attend. Participants can find Zoom discussions here. Films must be shown independently. They are available via Kanopy. Find Our minds don’t speak English.

Future films this fall will also address Indian Residential Schools and include the influence of Indigenous musicians on popular culture in the film. To scold, and the religious freedom specific to the sacramental use of peyote for indigenous peoples with the film The Peyote route.


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