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Native POP: People of the Plains - A Gathering of Arts and Culture is an annual celebration of Native American arts and culture at Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota every third weekend in July. Art, Performance, Culture, Community.

Film Showcase

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3rd Annual Film ShowCase

The third annual Native Film Showcase returns to Rapid City, South Dakota, Saturday, July 21, as part of Native POP. The film showcase will be at the SDPB Black Hills Studio, 415 Main Street, will include documentaries of regional interest, as well as an opportunity for local filmmakers to show music videos, short films and works in progress. Native POP takes place on Main Street Square, 526 Main Street. The SDPB Black Hills Studio is a block away. Screenings start at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

The Black Hills premier of Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian at 4 p.m. will feature a panel discussion with the filmmakers in attendance. This documentary follows Kate Beane, a young Dakota woman, as she examines the extraordinary life of her celebrated relative, Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa). Biography and journey come together as Kate traces Eastman’s path—from traditional Dakota boyhood, through education at Dartmouth College, and in later roles as physician, author, lecturer and Native American advocate.


Native POP Partners with Vision Maker Media and SDPB for Native Film Showcase

This year Native POP partners with Vision Maker Media, who is curating the film selections, and with South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) to host the event. South Dakota Arts Council is also sponsoring this event. Support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. Vision Maker Media empowers Native people to tell their own stories and has selected films that are diverse and thought provoking. SDPB is the statewide PBS and NPR stations for South Dakota. Native POP executive director Peter Strong says, “We are thrilled to work with Vision Maker Media and SDPB for this year's film showcase, as we continue to strengthen and expand the reach of our event that elevates the work of Native artists from the Great Plains. Our organizations strive to build community and dialogue through the empowerment and presentation of the voices, visual expression, and cultural practices of Native people. We expect our impact to be multiplied through this partnership and their incredible work making this year’s film showcase a success.” 

“Vision Maker Media is excited to bring these great films to Rapid City,” said Shirley Sneve, Executive Director for Vision Maker Media, “The SDPB Studio will be the perfect place to watch these stories about the People of the Plains. I’m looking forward to seeing the excellent variety of arts that Native POP is known for.” Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute programs for all media. VMM supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs. A key strategy for this work is the development of strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations and Native communities. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native produced media that shares Native perspectives with the world.


Native Film Showcase Schedule:


9 AM – Badger Creek Q&A w/ Rhea Ashmore, Executive Producer

Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the reservation in Montana. The Momberg family members run a successful ranch, live a traditional worldview and are relearning their language. This is a portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. Run Time:  27 min.

9:45 AM – Columbus Day Legacy

Columbus Day Legacy explores tensions and contradictions between Native and Italian -American participants in the ongoing Columbus Day Parade controversy in Denver, Colorado. This very personal yet public conflict is visualized through hard questions about the freedom of speech, the interpretation of history and what it means to be an "American." Run Time: 27 min

10:30 AM – Spirit in Glass

This documentary celebrates the spectacular beadwork of the Northwest Plateau People. The film provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of artists, who share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together. Native Plateau beadwork is part of the rich tapestry of American culture. Plateau culture is unique and its story of survival a quintessentially American story. Run Time: 27 min

11 AM – In the Beginning was Water and Sky In the Beginning was Water and Sky is a haunting fairy-tale drama that blends the horrors of fantasy and real life historical events. The short film follows a Native American girl in the 1700s and a Native American boy in the 1960s who are both trying to find their way back to a home that has been taken from them. Run Time: 14 min

– Leo Yankton: A Redemption Story Story about how Leo Yankton (Oglala Sioux) changed his life around from having a troubled past and growing up on the Pine Ridge reservation to being an international speaker. Leo contributed in efforts to protect the water on the Standing Rock reservation, and continues to find ways to have a positive impact within Native Country and the rest of the world. Run Time: 10 min

11:45 AM – Return to Rainy Mountain

Return to Rainy Mountain tells the story of N. Scott Momaday. It is a personal account of his life and legacy told in his own voice, and in the voice of his daughter Jill. Momaday speaks of his Kiowa roots, family, literature, oral tradition, nature, identity, and the sacred and important things that have shaped his life. This biographical film explores the life of poet and author N. Scott Momaday, raised by his Kiowa father and Cherokee mixed-blood mother on Indian reservations in New Mexico and Arizona, who was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, Academy of American Poets Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, National Medal of Arts and election into the Kiowa Gourd Dance Clan. Run Time: 27 min

12:30 PM – Across the Creek

Across the Creek explores both the unbridled dreams and the painful reality of Lakota people from South Dakota. In the face of unfathomable challenges, they are taking steps to better their lives. "It's still here." That's the assurance of Lakota elder Albert White Hat that the spirituality, songs and power of Lakota people are fully present today. "It's still here," he says again, for emphasis. These words seem at odds with appearances on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, with their broken-down villages, deadly addictions and the sense of hopelessness. In Across the Creek, everyday heroes are turning around negative history and reclaiming traditional stories, visions and core values that once effectively guided healthy, productive tribal life. With few visible examples of positive action, the most powerful strategy is just walking the talk. Or, put another way, by crossing the creek. Run Time: 27 min



1:30 PM

The Violence of A civilization without secrets Adam Khalil / Zach Khalil (Ojibway) / Jackson Polys (Tlingit) An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the "Kennewick Man," a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996. Run Time: 10 min

Mud (Hashtł'ishnii) Shaandiin Tome (Diné) On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture. Run Time : 10 min

Shinaab Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians) A young Anishinaabe man struggles with his place in the inner city of Minneapolis. Run Time:  8 min

Nucca Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region, and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sex trafficking. Run Time: 13 min

Jáaji Approx. Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song. Run Time: 8 min

alter-Native Billy Luther (Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo) alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail as she develops her latest collection inspired by her art, activism, and indigenous women. Run Time: 18 min


2:30 PM

Denby Road Q&A w/ Jedadiah Richards Produced Fall ’17 Broken down on the side of a dirt road, a woman seeks   assistance from a stranger. Run time: 6 min

Iná Q&A w/ Jedadiah Richards Produced Spring ’18 A young woman struggling seeks advice from her mother. Run time: 5 min

july – the music video for this song off my debut project "tempo" is layered with themes around the winyan and her role in lakota culture. Scenes featuring the love interest in this video played by Chyler Weston would essentially refer to how the women carry the men in a sense and also can exist to be very healing to many the detriments that plague our communities (presented by the grocery cart, chyler jingle dress dancing behind myself, me and her talking, etc.) Pine ridge is also used as a backdrop to display that your environment is what you make of it, you can make things better. Directed by Bryan Douglas Parker (Red Couch Productions). Run time: 4 min Artist: Goodboylucifer

Song: Good Ol_Days Directed & Edited by: Bryan D. Parker A Red Couch Productions video Description: Shot on location(s) in Orlando, FL on 4/26/2018. This is Goodboylucifer’s debut video for his first vocal recording on his original track, Good Ol_Days. The video follows the artist around a playground of consumerism as he recalls the good ol’ days. Run time: 4 min

Dakota Life: Hermis Tall South Dakota Public Broadcasting  Indian Relay Racing merges the world of rodeo and the Native American horse culture into an exhilarating and sometimes dangerous display of horsemanship. SDPB remembers one of the sports's greatest stars, 3-time World Champion Hermis Tall, through the stories of his team members and friends. Run time: 6 min

Statehouse Extra: Mitakuye Oyasin South Dakota Public Broadcasting  Mitakuye Oyasin-a traditional Lakota greeting that has taken special significance during the South Dakota state legislative session. Run time: 4 min

Billy Mills: Wings of an Eagle South Dakota Public Broadcasting  "Son, someday you'll have wings of an eagle..." Billy Mills shares the conversation that inspired his historic Olympic win. Run time: 3 min

The Legend of Star Boy South Dakota Public Broadcasting  Jhon Goes in Center first went foraging for the timpsila root with his grandmother. While working on the prairie, his grandmother also shared the story of the legendary Star Boy. Its a tale that has been passed along for generation. Jhon graciously shares the story of a Lakota maiden who marries a star. Run time: 8 min

Savor Dakota: Keya Café South Dakota Public Broadcasting  Run time: 7 min

4 PM – Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian Q&A w/ Kate Beane

This documentary follows Kate Beane, a young Dakota woman, as she examines the extraordinary life of her celebrated relative, Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa). Biography and journey come together as Kate traces Eastman's path-from traditional Dakota boyhood, through education at Dartmouth College, and in later roles as physician, author, lecturer and Native American advocate. Run Time: 57 min