Speakers relating to: Cultural Identity
Exploring Intersecting Identities Through Story
Eliaichi Kimaro initially went to Tanzania to document her family’s stories and her father’s tribal culture. But when she sat down with her Aunts, she unearthed stories about surviving violence that her Aunts never even shared with each other. The dialogue that began in a hut on Mt Kilimanjaro evolved into a documentary that is transforming the lives of viewers halfway around the world.
The Twilight Series: Native Image and Myth
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is often asked whether she’s on Team Edward or Team Jacob. The answer is neither: when young women are asked to choose between a Native character who transforms into a savage wolf and an alabaster vampire with endless wealth, everyone loses. Elissa Washuta’s hard-hitting talk points out some of the many issues related to the depiction of Native peoples in Twilight and why misrepresentation matters.