Indigenous Film Festival Opening


Film Info
Event Type:Indigenous Film Festival
"Voices Across the Water" film
Release Year:2022
Run Time:84 minutes
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:English


The Verde Valley Archaeology Center & Museum is proud to launch our first Indigenous Film Festival, in cooperation with the Sedona International Film Festival, on November 3 and 4. It is the mission of this film festival to break systematic barriers by creating cultural understanding through film. Our vision for the future of cinema is one in which Native American and Indigenous perspectives are respectfully pictured, recognized and valued in a way that promotes authentic identities, economic outcomes, equity and wellbeing for our Indigenous communities.


5:00 pm - Reception catered by Moscato's Italian Restaurant (Camp Verde)

6:00 pm - The Madthii Swaddi Boys (Salty Earth Singers), traditional bird singers and dancers, inter-tribal group of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, led by Ronald Juan (Quechan of Yuma Arizona) and Marley Juan (Yavapai-Apache Nation). They will be followed by the Warriorettes, a Yavapai-Apache Nation youth dance group, led by Reba Franco (Yavapai-Apache Nation).

6:30 pm - "Voices Across the Water" Alaskan Tlingit Wayne Price and Yukon francophone Halin de Repentigny are among the last canoe builders. At a glance, these two men lead very different lives but they are connected as practitioners of the disappearing art of traditional canoe construction. Both are also visual artists of significant repute, with their life's work rooted in the landscapes of their distinct cultures. Each is 60-years-old reflecting on a life rich in experience and accomplishment, an age when people also think about legacy and succession. But does anyone care anymore about these disappearing art forms? Who will carry on making birch bark and dugout canoes? What happens to hundreds - or thousands - of years of knowledge when they are gone?

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