Film Screening and Discussion: What Was Ours
- Friday, April 14, 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
What Was Ours is an award-winning documentary that follows Indigenous community members as they travel to the Field Museum in Chicago to learn about ancestral artifacts taken from their tribes and stored in the museum's collections. Following the film, community members highlighted in the documentary will faciliate a discussion. The screening and discussion will conclude MSU's Indie-genous Film Festival, which features Indigenous stories and filmmakers.
A young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess travel from the Wind River Indian Reservation with a Shoshone elder and Vietnam veteran to explore artifacts removed from their people and held in the archives of a museum. The three uncover ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years, setting each on a journey to discover their true purpose. As the elder looks to the future, the young people look to the past to revive hope for their beloved home. What Was Ours is a beautiful, haunting and positive portrait of a place often portrayed negatively in the media.
- Christine Stanton