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Vision Maker Media recently traveled to the Northwest to film the 24th Annual Canoe Journey. We started at 6 a.m. documenting the launch from Tulalip. This amazing event will be part of the Growing Native series Vision Maker Media is producing for PBS.

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Recently, I was honored to participate in Native Public Media's Digital Journalism and Storytelling Course. Literally, at the same time I was in Santa Fe for the Digital Journalism and Storytelling Course, I was working to order the equipment for training of Ponca youth in Oklahoma and Nebraska, so they could tell stories about the importance of home. NAPT is also proud of the role they played in funding five Native youth to participate in the 7th Annual Superfly Filmmaking Experience.

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If you are new to Pinterest, and who isn't, here's a few things we've learned since launching http://pinterest.com/visionmakrmedia

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I was honored to sit on the panel, “Building Community Awareness through Long Form Documentaries” at the AFI SilverDocs Festival this year. Moderated by Doug McKenney, Executive Producer of CPB’s Public Awareness Initiative, the panel also included Sandy St. Louis, Project Manager for Frontline’s Dropout Nation, Jacquie Jones, Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium and Executive Producer of DC Met: Life Inside School Reform and Tanishia Williams-Minor, the high school principal featured in DC Met.

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The study reports results of American Indian and Alaska Native students grades 4 and 8 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), as well as the results of a special survey of American Indian and Alaska Native students, their teachers, and their school administrators—focusing on Native language and culture related to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students. Here are some highlights from the report.

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We have just started to using tumblr, but have already found some items that others should keep in mind. Beyond the normal social media best practices of keeping it short and using video and engaging images when available, we've found a few areas to keep in mind specifically when talking about tumblr.com.

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I watched a filmed called Sip'ohi- El Lugar Del Mansdure directed by Sebastian Lingiardi. It was a film about the Wichi Tribe in Argentina. The opening of the film we see a close up of someone trying to create a fire. It goes into this great creation story, oral traditions in the tribe. The main character is, Gustavo, a member of the tribe who has left the city life to go back home, or as we Natives in the US would say, “going back to the rez.” What drew me into the film within the first few frames was the language.

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When we watch films, we want to be taken to another place, another time, we want to live vicariously through someone else's experience.  We want to feel the catharsis that allows us to briefly disseminate our feelings out of our bodies. This can be cleansing, enlightening, inspiring, frustrating or even vindicating.

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This past year has been very enlightening for me as a person, educator and student. A year ago I was accepted into a doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I thought that my destiny had already started with a terminal degree in film production. However, there is always more to learn if you are willing to take your aspirations to the next level.

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Recently, I've been using Google+ a lot, not as a social network, but as a way to communicate. I've also been talking with producer about ways they can use it in their productions in order to reduce costs and increase their efficency. Here's a few ideas:

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