Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NARF co-sponsors Niwot Native American Film Festival showing of A Tattoo On My Heart

On Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm, NARF will co-sponsor the Niwot Native American Film Festival showing of A Tattoo On My Heart.  This documentary reveals the dramatic and emotional story of the men and women who struggled for survival inside the bunkers and ravines at Wounded Knee.

The Siege of Wounded Knee 1973 forever changed the lives of Indian people who took part and captured the imaginations of those who watched this gripping story unfold on television and in newspapers across America. It was the culmination of an awakening that had begun with the formation of the American Indian Movement, the takeover of Alcatraz Island, and the occupation of BIA headquarters in Washington D.C. Nowhere was that awakening more profound, nor reaction by the government greater than around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Racism and violence against Indians, corruption, and repression of traditional people on the reservations had left many Indians desperate. After the brutal deaths of two Indian men, traditional leaders called upon AIM. Fearing a takeover of tribal headquarters, federal law enforcement, armed with modern weapons and armored personnel carriers moved to protect the tribal government. On February 27, 1973 traditional and AIM leaders chose another location to make a stand--the site of the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.

Sponsors:  Native American Producers Alliance (NAPA), Ni-wot Prairie Productions (NPP), Elysian Fields Auction Company, Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and WHIZZBang Studios
For information, please contact: Elizabeth Darling at: DarlinginNiwot@aol.com or 303-931-3084.  Native American Producers Alliance and Ni-wot Prairie Productions are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Located at Elysian Fields Auctions 6924 79th Street, Niwot, Colorado  (Look for flags along 79th Street in Niwot near intersection of Niwot Rd. & 79th St. in Niwot.) Screenings are FREE with a suggested donation. Ava Hamilton of Native American Producers Alliance & Film Festival Curator / Director will introduce the documentaries and films.