IPCC to Launch First Indigenous Cultural Arts Festival with Film and Dance

Ria Thundercloud (Sandia/Ho-Chunk) will perform at noon on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. (Courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

A silver lining from the pandemic has allowed the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center to reinvent its annual Pueblo Film Festival.

After two years of work, IPCC staff will unveil the first Indigenous Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5.

“We wanted to offer audiences more culture in a single festival,” says Alicia Ortiz, director of arts and cultural programs at the IPCC. “It’s also a chance for people to see Native American dances. We still don’t have that in our pueblos. It’s a project like this that benefits everyone.

Ortiz says the event will celebrate culture, community and heritage, as the terms and concepts have been used to differentiate the many different civilizations in the Western Hemisphere in order to recognize and distinguish themselves from one another.

She says that indigenous civilizations, from generation to generation, have developed and perpetuated their distinctive designs and patterns which they can rightfully claim as their heritage.

“Our Indigenous Cultural Arts Festival incorporates the premise of storytelling through digital, film, dance and music for artists and producers to be stewards of the Indigenous narrative, to celebrate and proclaim their unique interpretation of culture, community and heritage,” says Ortiz. “The two-day event will feature panel discussions on film.”

There will also be music in the courtyard of the IPCC.

Ortiz says the film festival will launch its first block of films with documentary narration.

The next block of films is under the back-to-basics umbrella and deals with the art behind the camera.

The Yellow Bird (Apache) Indian dancers will close the Indigenous Cultural Arts Festival each day.

The last block of films will focus on the sustainability of culture, the preservation of the past in the future.

“Our theme was to address topics like perseverance and stewardship,” says Ortiz. “Films relate to topics and there will be panel discussions after each block of films.”

On Sunday, both blocks of films will focus on the next generation of storytellers and the power of perseverance.

“Students from the IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) will present films, including short films,” she says.

During both days, there will be music and dance performances by artists from the Navajo, Zuni, Sandia/Ho-Chunk, Northern Cheyenne and Apache tribes and pueblos.

“We have Apache’s Yellow Bird Indian Dancers,” says Ortiz. “They close the two days in show. They are hoop dancers and bring a different type of dance to the program.

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