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This February, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel up to Alaska to film the latest episode of Growing Native. This trip would be the first of two as host Chris Eyre explores Alaska and all its Native cultures has to offer. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Alaska is a special place. Having never been to Alaska before, I was anxious to discover for myself just what exactly all the hoopla was about, and I figured two days would be enough. I was coming to Alaska with a mission – locate that elusive quality that takes the breath away and get it on film.

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Even though nearly all of 1973 America knew of the occupation of the little village of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and came to know of the atrocious conditions under which many of the Lakota people lived out their lives, time has faded memories.

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As an Alaska Native woman passionate about seeking protections for the land and indigenous people of our state, I find the life of Elizabeth Peratrovich truly inspiring. For this woman, to stand up and speak her heart and mind in a room full of scorn, with all the cards stacked against her, is tribute to the unconquerable spirit of Alaska Native people.

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The production team for the upcoming Vision Maker Media series Growing Native recently came together to put the finishing touches on the Northwest episode. Chris Eyre (Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho) stopped by our offices in Lincoln, Nebraska on his way to the Sundance Film Festival.

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The Vision Maker Media/NAMAC conference began the following day and I was honored to hear from some amazing folks at Vision Maker Media. I will post some of the pictures I took with a quick note about what the speaker offered/said.

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A New Year often brings new beginnings, and 2013 is no exception for our organization. After much review and discussion over the past year, we're now officially Vision Maker Media. We hope you're as excited for the name change as much as we are!

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Happy new year! Back in the office and off the Christmas couch! What are your favorite holiday foods? Oyster stew on Christmas Eve is a tradition that my mother brought to our table. What a delicacy! At our house, the stew took on a different look this year. Daughter Bonita and I are somewhat lactose intolerant these days, so instead of cream, we used broth. Making tamales is a tradition that my husband Tom and I started (by reading a cookbook by Diana Kennedy).

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The Native World has a way of calling. And it’s usually unexpected…1996. St. Petersburg, Florida. My mother’s passing gave me the very unlikely job title of “Owner, Native American Art Gallery.” This wasn’t supposed to happen. I was newly married, had a promising TV career underway in Chicago, and the Native World (and the art business) was the furthest thing from my mind. But, something (someone?) told me that this was my path…

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We are honored that SXSW picked our panel "Training the Next 7 Generations of Storytellers." Keep coming back here for updates on the event and other news about training young Native filmmakers. Here's a list of some of the programs we are aware of and will be talking about during the panel.

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I spent last winter in northern Italy on a fellowship. Something that struck me was how differently people viewed food. For example in a village where I was staying, shopping for food was an every day event. People would walk through a open air market, see what was fresh, and buy enough for a day or two. The vegetables, the pastas, meats, fish or dairy, were all sold by the farmer, fisher or rancher. The food chain was quick and visible.

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