Wednesday, April 12, 2017

UCLA: "A Good Day to Die" (screening)

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Dramatized "Legend of Billy Jack" with Tom Laughlin against The Man: One Tin Soldier

The American Indian Movement (AIM) was founded in 1968 in large part to call attention to the plight of Indians living in urban centers, ultimately changing the national discourse around Native American issues. David Mueller and Lynn Salt’s documentary, A Good Day To Die, looks back at the life of AIM founder Dennis Banks in what documentarian Ken Burns calls “an essential chapter in the all-too-infrequently told tale of those who can truly call this continent home” (2010, Directors David Mueller and Lynn Salt, 93 minutes). More

Russell Means criticizes Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian leadership of reservations.
My superheroine: Toypurina, Los Angeles
Toypurina (1760-1799) was a Kizh-Gabrieliño Native American medicine woman who opposed the rule of colonization by Spanish missionaries in California, and led an unsuccessful rebellion against them.
Born in 1760, Toypurina was 9 years old when the Spanish settlers first invaded what is now the Los Angeles Basin of Las Californias. She was 11 when Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was begun. She was 21 when Governor Felipe de Neve founded the Pueblo of Los Angeles in 1781 Alta California.

In time, Toypurina rose to be a powerful spiritual leader, respected for her bravery and wisdom.

She was considered a great communicator, speaking with and trading with the dozens of villages in the many Kizh dialects and other indigenous languages of California used from Santa Catalina Island through the eastern foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains to the northwestern San Fernando Valley. More

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