2014 Path Waves Youth Film Program


Presented in cooperation with Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, Path Waves invites kids to explore the joys and challenges of Native experience in our world today. Hand-drawn animations, reimagined legends, inquisitive documentaries, and fun youth-made live action stories all come together to spark curiosity about the many rich histories and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples throughout North America. Chartered by an act of Congress in 1989 as the 18th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Americas.

All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.

Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, will be present for a Q&A after the screening.



Path Waves Films

Beboon and Zigwaan Beboon & Zigwaan
Winter & Spring
Joseph Briski, Darrin Brown, Katrina Ducheneaux, Dylan Headbird, Rain Headbird, Dinyce Howard, Devin Johnson, Eliza Kingbird
In Progress & The Bu O Nay Ge Shig School
4 min, Leech Lake Nation, USA, 2013

Beboon & Zigwaan is a video short about a traditional Anishinaabe teaching of Winter and Spring.
Corriger le tableau w Corriger le tableau
Correcting the Chalkboard
Ensemble pour le respect et la diversité
Wapikoni Mobile
5 min, Canada, 2012

On a blank chalkboard, youth from Manawan rewrite the stories of their lives.
How Agate Pass w How Agate Pass Came to Be
Longhouse Media
3 min, USA, 2013

The creation story of Agate Pass is a powerful reminder of tribal relationships to water.
Indian Taxi w Indian Taxi
Abraham Côté, Kevin Papatie
Wapikoni Mobile
1 min, Canada, 2011

An animated journey through tradition and modernity.
Injunuity Great Law w Injunuity: The Great Law
Adrian Baker
9 min, USA, 2013

The Haudenosaunee were practicing democracy long before any settler arrived in the New World. How much influence did Haudenosaunee democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know.
Injunuity Two Spirit copia w Injunuity: Two Spirit
Adrian Baker
7 min, USA, 2013

Two Spirit: A person of First Nations or Native American descent possessing both a male and female spirit. An umbrella term used to describe the fluidity of First Nations/Native American gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles.
La joie de vivre w La joie de vivre
The Joy of Living
Jérémy Vassiliou
Wapikoni Mobile
5 min, Canada, 2011

Jérémy delivers a message of hope by talking about the things that give him the will to live.
My Name Is Kobe w My Name is Kobe
Briana Roberts
AIFI Tribal Touring Program
8 min, USA, 2010

Meet the cat who calls the tribal office home in this work produced in a Tribal Touring Program workshop.
People of the Water w People of the Water
Longhouse Media
5 min, USA, 2013

Suquamish teen Ty Purser harvests seafood as part of his daily life. Join him from sunrise to sunset on this cultural adventure.
Responden a esta videocarta w Respondan a esta videocarta de Chicahuaxtla
Respond to this Video Letter from Chicahuaxtla
Guillermo Monteforte
Ojo de Agua Comunicación
20 min, Mexico, 2012

Children from this Triqui community in Oaxaca, Mexico share with us their lives and knowledge, and invite other children from all over the world to respond with another video letter.
Shhh! w Shhh!
Steven Paul Judd
1 min, USA, 2013

Something interrupts an elder as he addresses the tribe.
Sigo A Hunters Story w Sigo: A Hunter’s Story
Longhouse Media
5 min, USA, 2013

Sigo tells the story of Ty Purser's family tradition: hunting.
Skatne Ronatehiarontie w Skatne Ronatehiarontie
They Grow Together
Marion Konwennonhon Delaronde
Rainbowstinks Productions, Husking House Productions
6 min, Kahnawake, Canada, 2011

An animated re-telling of a traditional Mohawk farming story, told in the Mohawk language.

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