Frist People – Kumeyaay
On September 23, 2014 a film screening was held, that focused on the Native American tribe, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The movie focused on the Kumeyaay traditions, having a lot of the Kumeyaay members show how they have prepared traditional meals, craft bow and arrows, games they had played, and the language they spoke. After the movie was over there was a panel discussion with Stan Rodriguez, is an expert in the Kumeyaay language, as well as a cultural teacher and mentor. Rodriguez had some of his students act out a skit only using the Kumeyaay language, which they were able to do with ease. Overall, it was quite an inspiring event. Many native youths don’t know a word in their language, but these children and adults were able to talk to one another with ease. It makes me happy that languages that are on the verge of disappearing are making a comeback.
Native American Film Festival
On November 21st, 2014 was the second day of the second annual San Diego American Indian Film Festival. This day the theme was more focused on humor, and mainly honoring the late comedian, Charlie Hill, who die last year. Charlie Hill’s family came to watch the feature film, which was a documentary, On and Off the Res With Charlie Hill, of Charlie Hill. Joely Proufit, who is the director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty center, open the day with a cheerful but tearful opening, stating how she was good friends with Hill, but was sad to see him go. After her speech there was a moment of silence. Ocnce the movie was over, there were three native comedians, Abel Silvas (Juaneño), Shishonia Livingston (Navajo) and Jim Ruel (Ojibwe); all three talked about how Hill was who inspired them, and they owe everything to him. There were a few hiccup’s; they were having trouble playing the movie, and spent about fifteen minutes fixing the problem, however, they improvise and had Abel Silvas and Jim Ruel do a little bit of their act when the problem was being solved. Overall the festival was really great, everyone look like they were having a great time!
International Women Hackathon
The International Women’s Hackathon, was a great event! It took place at CSU San Marcos, October 11th, from 8am to 9pm. This event focuses on encougering women, from all age groups, to join the technological field, and see that you do not need a degree in computer science to know about technology. There were about 70 students and everyone were splited up into 3-5 people groups. Everyone had the option of doing one if two themes: climate change or natural disaster; my team picked climate change. Everyone had the option to create ethier a website, a computer game, iOS/Android app. Me and my group, (PC Gang (To Strong), had won the grand prize and we have two months to work on the project we made and present it to Microsoft. What is the project you ask? Me and my group decided to create a computer game aiming at young children. The game is called Ice Hopper’s, where you play as a pinguene called neoploean and his friend Skipper the polar bear. You are running back and forth trying to collect trash that is falling from the sky. I used the free online softwear called Scratch, to create the game while my team mates help create the background.I am majoring in arts and technology with a minor in visual arts, one of my team mates is also a art major, and the other is a conputer science major. The three if us do not have much background in coding, but we won! They will have another International Women’s Hackathon in the spring of 2015. The event was really fun, they really wanted us to enjoy and have a great time and seeing how these skills affect so many!
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
November 20th, 2014 was the beginning of the three-day event of the second annual San Diego American Indian Film Festival. On Thursday, November 20th it was kick it off by showing four different shorts, that all had its’ own personal message either in a funny, inspirational, or a more serious and darker theme. The feature film for that day was Rhymes for Young Ghouls, which was directed by Jeff Barnaby. The movie was set in the 1960s, in the Mi’gmaq tribe, in Canada which focus on a young heroine who has to make tough choices so she can pay a certain fee to not attend a residential school. Once the movie was over, the audience had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Barnaby, who himself is Mi’gmaq, about the movie and how he became inspired to make movies. Overall everyone had a great time, both the volunteers, the audience, and the special guests. Overall I felt that the event was really good, it focused on Native American’s as the hero’s and it gave a real perspective view of what Native American’s who live in territories or reservations are forced to do.
Ask an American Indian “Myth Busters” Day
On November 18th, 2014 the event, Ask an American Indian “Myth Busters” Day, was about bringing awearness about Native American stereotypes and as well what the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center does to help Native students to continue on to have a bright future in life. It was held in the SBSB, Social and Behavioral Science’s Building, in CSU San Marcos. Overall the event was a quite an interesting. There were about nine to twelve people present, some were from Joely Proudfit, director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, Native Studies class. She was there as well to help direct the conversation and topic of discussion. One of the main topics of discussion was that “If you had the resources, what movie about Native American’s would you make?” Everyone there had a chance to respond, and they were all quite interesting. For example, one student responded “I would go around and ask complete strangers, what their honest opinion was of Native American’s.” another person response was “I would make a documentary about my life. I lived on the res, having people doubting me, people picking on me, and show where I am so far, here in college.” None of the responses, had the stereotypical outlook of Native American’s. It made me really happy that there are people who want to give the correct and accurate picture of Native American’s daily life or history.