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Documentary screening to start conversation about Native Americans

“Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience”DETROIT — East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services are hosting a film screening of “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. at the D. Blair Theater of the Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the native/indigenous community in the Midwest, “Our Fires Still Burn” is a one-hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that Native Americans have disappeared from the United States.

The narrative that native and indigenous peoples no longer exist in the United States has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie) “The Last of the Mohicans.”

“Our Fires Still Burns” argues that the narrative that native/indigenous people are dead is harmful because it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive native/indigenous community. As the film depicts, native and indigenous people continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people who appear in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.

Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in metro Detroit that focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of underrepresented communities in mainstream media.

The Cass Corridor Commons is located at 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit.


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