American Studies Events

May 3

Reckoning with Two Paths: Histories and Futures in Mni Sota Makoce

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A Conversation with Activists, Educators, and Filmmakers about Documentaries First Daughter and the Black Snake and Stories I Didn’t Know

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 pm / Zoom Link

“The ‘Prophecy of the 7th Fire’ says a ‘black snake’ will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched, and one is green.” So begins the story of environmentalist and Ojibwe White Earth Community leader Winona LaDuke’s fight against the Embridge Pipeline 3 Project in northern Minnesota chronicled by director Keri Pickett in the documentary First Daughter and the Black Snake. In LaDuke’s activism we see not only see how to stop and choose a different path but also to reclaim from the snake what has been lost to the fire. The peoples of Minnesota have followed the two paths with their contesting visions of life, land, and livelihood for generations. In a personal narrative, Stories I Didn’t Know, directed by Rita Davern and Melody Gilbert, Rita faces the consequences of her ancestors’ choices in settling on land taken from Dakota communities who had lived for generations on lands at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. As she researches methods of legal restitution, Rita meets activist and Bdote Educator Ramona Kitto Stately and musician Reuben Kitto Stately, from whom we learn the effects of the westward expansion through on the land on which we stand. Join us for a webinar with these six remarkable individuals on 3 May 5:00-6:30 PM.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 869260

The Carleton Community can stream both films free from April 29 through May 3.

First Daughter and the Black Snake

Stories I Didn't Know

This event is sponsored by 
Center for Community and Civic Engagement
The Dean of Students
The Dean of the College
The Department of Political Science
The Department of History
American Studies
Environment Technology and Science
The Public Policy Program

Links to films and participant bios

Sponsored by CCCE Events. Contact: Melissa Thomas, Contact: Barbara Allen 612-702-9450