Injunuity is a collage of reflections on the Native American world, our shared past, our turbulent present, and our undiscovered future. From Columbus to the western expansion to tribal casinos, we are taught that the Native way, while at times glorious, is something of the past, something that needed to be replaced by a manifest destiny from across the ocean. But in a world increasingly short of real answers, it is time we looked to Native wisdom for guidance. It is time for some Injunuity.

Cory Mann (Tlingit) is a quirky businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at a family's traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills and keep his business afloat.

Four Inuit athletes travel throughout Alaska competing in the ancestral games of strength. Acrobatic and explosive, these sports are vital for survival in the frigid, hostile Arctic. As waves of change sweep across their traditional lands, their role is stronger than ever.

In the Alaska Purchase of 1867 the United States took on more than just the land. There were indigenous people living everywhere in Alaska. Like Native Americans in the lower 48, Alaska Natives struggled to keep their basic human rights as well as protect their ancient ties to the land. The Bill of Rights did not apply to them. Through extensive reenactments and rarely seen historic footage and photographs, 'For the Rights of All' reveals these remarkable people and their non-violent struggle for civil rights.

Luke Griswold-Tergis
2011
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Cory Mann is an emerging filmmaker from Juneau, Alaska. A Tlingit Indian from the Eagle Thunderbird Clan, his twin passions are Tlingit food and history.

What does Growing Native mean to you? This is a question we posed to the Growing Native Advisory Council as we went through pre-production. The answers we received were varied, but connected – it’s growing us as a people in a way that sustains us as...

Diane E. Benson (Tlingit) was one of the original female tractor-trailer truck drivers on the remote and hazardous Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Since then, she has pursued a multidimensional life that has included work as a playwright, writer, speaker, politician and actress. In the film, For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska, Benson plays the role of Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich, one of the most influential leaders of the Alaska civil rights movement.

An exploration on the cultural, historical and educational importance of Native language preservation.

Luke Griswold-Tergis met Cory Mann (Tlingit) while hitchhiking through Alaska—on a sailboat. “Luke and I became friends mainly because he was sleeping on my floor,” explains Mann. During his time spent in Alaska, Griswold-Tergis was struck by the recollection of Alaskan Native peoples’ history and traditions, but realized that the knowledge “is endangered, and people need to work on preserving it more.” As co-producers of the film Smokin’ Fish, Griswold-Tergis and Mann explore the Tlingit tradition of smoking fish from the perspective of Mann.

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