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Family Day

Family Day at the Festival is on Saturday, November 23rd from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Children at the ages 12 and under can enter at free admission with a parent
and/or guardian that has a paid ticket.

The Daughter of Dawn
Directed by Norbert A. Myles
The Daughter of Dawn opens with White Eagle (White Parker) atop a large rock, scanning the horizon for buffalo. He spots a herd and rides back to camp. Meanwhile at the Kiowa camp, the chief speaks with the tribe’s elders about their devastating food shortage. White returns and tells the chief of “News to make us all rejoice – My eyes have gladdened at the sight of many Buffaloes.” The chief arranges for a hunt, which White, Black Wolf, and about 30 other Indians carry out by circling around and funneling the herd into an ambush. Throughout this initial action, a complicated love triangle develops.
1920
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2019 | 09:00 AM
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 27 minutes
Cherokee Warriors
Performed by The Warriors of AniKituhwa
This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. They are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. They have performed at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Montreal, and throughout the Southeast.
The Warriors of AniKituhwa perform The War Dance, and Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture.
PERFORMANCE: Friday 11/23/2019 | 11:00 AM
Molly of Denali (Trailer)
Family Shorts Program
Molly of Denali series and podcast follows the adventures of Molly, a feisty and resourceful Alaska Native girl, as she helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in their Alaskan village. Viewers are introduced to the rich history and modern-day experience of family life in the heart of the Alaskan tundra through the eyes of Molly, her parents, and her friends. Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character.
Molly of Denali: Airs Monday-Friday at 9am and 1:30pm on PBS.
FAMILY SHORT PROGRAMS
2019
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2019 | 12:00 PM
RUNNING TIME: 10 minutes

The Peacemaker Returns
An animated film by Skawennati
The Peacemaker Returns takes place in the far future, when the entire Earth has become a confederation of countries who truly recognize that we share one planet; that one person’s religion, language, sexuality need not interfere with another’s; and that peace is not just the absence of war, it is the eradication of injustice as well. Now Earth has a new challenge, and Iotetshèn:’en, a young Mohawk woman, is travelling through space along with four other diplomats to a momentous rendez-vous.
FAMILY SHORT PROGRAMS
2018
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2019 | 12:00 PM
RUNNING TIME: 18 minutes
Nanyehi: A Legend of Peace
A film by Becky Hobbs
Nanyehi, also known as Nancy Ward, was bestowed the title of “Beloved Woman of the Cherokee,” the highest position a Cherokee woman could hold. She was first honored as a War Woman, then as a Peacemaker in the late 1700’s.
FAMILY SHORT PROGRAMS
2018
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2017 | 12:00 PM
RUNNING TIME: 9 minutes 35 seconds
Don't Just Talk About It
A film by Cher Obediah (Senca/Ojibwe, Turtle Clan from Six Nations Ontario)
A culturally disconnected Urban Native battles her awkwardness as she learns to dance for a fast approaching powwow. With outcomes she didn’t see coming this inspiring story reminds us to follow our intuition and live life to the fullest!
FAMILY SHORT PROGRAMS
2019
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2019 | 12:00 PM
RUNNING TIME: 32 minutes

Spirit Song
A film by Ashley Davidson
This film is inspired by “Voices of the Guardians,” an album by Lance Bendiksen and Gareth Laffely that combines the songs and stories of Native American tribes with modern western music as a demonstration of hope and unity.
FAMILY SHORTS PROGRAM
2019
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2019 | 12:00 PM
RUNNING TIME: 26 minutes

Darren Thompson
Native American Flute Player
Darren Thompson is an educator, public speaker, journalist, and Native American flute player from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. He has spent most of his adult life serving communities through leadership development, American Indian cultural awareness workshops, and the arts.
PERFORMANCE: Friday 11/23/2019 | 2:00 PM
DURATION: 1 hour
Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation
A film by Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter
Lacrosse came from the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), and is the lifeblood of their people, their Nation. The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team are not only among the best lacrosse players in the world, they are ambassadors for their Nation’s sovereignty—essentially their right to exist, the right to travel on their own passports, the right to their own governing principles.
2017
SCREENING: Friday 11/23/2019 | 3:00 PM
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 42 minutes
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NOV. 21-24, 2019 | THE BYRD THEATRE | RICHMOND, VA