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This virtual event, presented in collaboration with the Lumbee Film Festival, features artists from several of North Carolina’s Indigenous communities.
Composed of three parts, the 90-minute event begins with a musical performance, followed by a 30-minute virtual film screening of shorts curated by Lumbee Film Festival Director Kim Pevia. The event ends with a panel discussion moderated by Pevia and featuring our musical performer, a filmmaker from the screening, and a culture bearer.
This event will also be live-streamed on YouTube via this link.
Ahead of her performance, featured artist Charly Lowry shares these thoughts:
“She walks in beauty in two worlds.”
Charly Lowry of Pembroke, N.C., is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes. She is the frontwoman for the band Dark Water Rising and may be familiar to some from her success as a semifinalist on American Idol. It is important to her to express the struggle, sacrifice, and obstacles her people have overcome. She serves as a voice for her ancestors, as well as the youth of today, and is committed to music that honors roots but lives vibrantly in the here and now.
Songs with lyrics of love, positivity, healing, resiliency, and journeying emit from her mouth to produce prayers that are carried up to the Creator. She is an Indigenous woman; she belongs to a minority population that is underserved and overlooked in Western society. She goes to battle with her songs, hand drum, and guitar to deliver songs that not only tell of the plight of her people but all humankind that face oppression.
Keep My Memory. Directed by Alexis Raeana Jones (Lumbee), Matthew Ruprich. 4 min. Music video for Alexis Raeana’s debut single “Keep My Memory,” a story of rebirth and a voice for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement (MMIW).
Hard Learning. Directed by Daniel Fortin (Metis/Mi’kmaq). 7 min. With no secondary school in her community, ninth grader Miranda must leave her family and home behind to pursue a high school education.
Totems. Directed by Justin Deegan (Arikara Sahnish, Oglala Lakota, Hunkpapa Dakota, and enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation). 14 min. A postapocalyptic story of two Indigenous men existing in the aftermath of colonial America. Their spouses kick them out, making them homeless in 2019 Seattle.
Kim Pevia, moderator, is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a skilled workshop facilitator. Born and educated in Baltimore, Md., she currently lives in Robeson County, N.C. where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. Her love of community and films is expressed as the curator of the annual Lumbee Film Festival (along with Cucalorus) and the quarterly CommUnity Cinema (in partnership with Working Films).
Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, N.C., is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes. She is passionate about raising awareness of issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved communities. In addition to performing solo, she is the frontwoman for the band Dark Water Rising.
Justin Deegan is Arikara Sahnish, Oglala Lakota, Hunkpapa Dakota, and an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. He was raised on the plains of North Dakota. Totems is Deegan’s second short film, following About That Life. Another Scar of Genocide is his first full feature. Deegan also worked on John Legend’s music video, “Love Me Now,” in the Standing Rock portion of the video production.
Kaya Littleturtle, Lumbee and Tuscarora, belonging to the Snipe Clan, continues the cultural journey that began with his ancestors. He is the cultural coordinator for the Lumbee Tribe, the lead singer in the drum group WarPaint, and an Eastern Woodland Dancer. A keeper of the songs with a strong cultural knowledge, he aims to teach the paths of his people to the youth of today.
Presented in collaboration with the Lumbee Film Festival