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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

History Colorado is proud to once again host events for this year’s Indigenous Film & Arts Festival. The festival is run by the 2018 Indigenous Resource Management Partnership.

The History Colorado Center will host both the all-day roundtable, “Visualizing and Realizing Diversity in the Museum of the Future,” and the culminating film for this year’s Indigenous Film & Arts Festival.

The roundtable and film are FREE; the rest of the museum is open at regular admission costs. See below or call 303-744-9686 for specific times and details. Click here for the full festival schedule.

15th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

Schedule of Events for Indigenous Peoples Day


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Roundtable on Reclaiming Our Spaces: Visualizing and Realizing Diversity in the Museum of the Future (participants by invitation only; public observers welcome) 


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Roundtable film & discussion (members of the public should bring their own lunch)

Lived History: The Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum, director Mat Hames. Over the years, pipes, cradleboards, parfleches, and other cultural heritage from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming have accumulated in museums, far from their place of origin. Lived History documents the creation of a high-definition-video virtual museum of cultural heritage, currently stored in museum collections around the world, for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. The Wind River Virtual Museum is an effort to preserve the observations of elders for future generations. (Provided courtesy of Wyoming PBS, 2013, 27 min.)

(Roundtable continues from 1 - 5 p.m.)


6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Short films and discussion with Ka Piko director Bryson Kainoa Chun and Mervyn Tano, President, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management

Young Inuk – Slices of Life, director Laure Bourru. This documentary presents slices of life of Inuit youth of Kangiqsujuaq in Nunavik. We see them learning Inuit traditions from community elders – throat singing, harvesting mussels under the ice pack, hunting seal and walrus – activities dependent on the ice in a land where that ice is under threat. Inuktitut and English. (Aurélie Heurtebize, 2017, 31 min.)

Three Thousand, director Asinnajaq/Isabella Weetaluktuk (Inuk). In this experimental film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq parses the complicated cinematic representation of Inuit harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic documents, and works of Inuit filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she takes us on a journey through the Inuit past, present, and a vision of the future. (National Film Board of Canada, 2017, 14 min.)

Ka Piko, director Bryson Kainoa Takeshi Chun (Kanaka Maoli).  Piko: umbilical cord; the summit or top of a hill or mountain. To fulfill a Hawaiian tradition, Makana and his girlfriend’s father must overcome their strained relationship. This film exemplifies the Hawaiian concept of Kaona (layered meaning) as it presents a story of one family and an entire culture - a story that spans past, present and future. (Piko Productions, 2018, 9 min.)

Wakening, director Danis Goulet (Cree Métis), imagines Canada in the near future under a brutal occupation, where two characters from the Cree narrative take center stage: Weesakechak, the trickster, searching the urban war zone for the ancient Weetigo, a terrifying, cannabalistic monster. Longtime foes and intellectual rivals, they need each other to exist, to fight the occupiers, and to reclaim their space. (ViDDYWELL FILMS, 2013, 9 min.)