Finding Refuge

The efforts of one dying woman to preserve her Native culture don’t end when she passes, but prompts a renewal in finding pride in that culture. She confronts the violent event over two centuries ago that began the destruction of her people and the shame that colonialism created.

Jamie Francis is from North Carolina and has worked for a variety of newspapers and has covered world news for six years until he and his wife, Pamela, decided to settle down with their two children in Portland, Ore.

A dying woman's effort to preserve her Native culture doesn't end when she passes. Instead, she renews her quest to find pride in her culture by confronting the violent event over two centuries ago that began the destruction of her people and the shame that colonialism created.

Torsten Kjellstrand tells stories, using film, photogrpahy and words. For almost two decades, he's been telling stories with Native communities in The West.

Seeking untold stories of value has been Francis and Kjellstrand’s life long occupation. Having taught and presented all over the world, these two journalists have made storytelling their vocation.

 
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