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Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, who annually throw water and food items from the rooftop of a home to people standing below them. A community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal, Grab Day exists at the intersection of traditional Native and contemporary Western cultures.

The following are video chapters created to match with lesson plans outlined in the educational guide for Grab.

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Billy Luther (Producer/Director, GRAB) studied film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and worked on projects for the Smithsonian Institution’s New York City National Museum of the American Indian Film and Video Center.

Narrated by Parker Posey, the film is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, who annually throw water and food items from the rooftop of a home to people standing below them.

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The fourth biennial VisionMaker Film Festival was held September 30 through October 6, 2011, with screenings at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, Sheldon Art Museum, NET Television, Film Streams (Omaha, Neb.) and Merryman Performing Arts Center (Kearney, Neb.) with the help of the following funders and supporters: Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Humanities Council, NET Television, Lincoln Journal Star, Southeast Nebraska Native American Coalition (SENNAC), University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), Creighton University,

For the first time in its 300-year-old history, the Laguna Pueblo villages are sharing with the outside world their annual summer celebration, Grab Day. A feast day celebration in honor of their patron saints, Grab Day culminates in the Throw—when families flock to the flat, traditional pueblo style roofs of their homes to shower high spirited crowds of community members below with bread, water, toys, food and other gifts.

 
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