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Dinner and a Movie: Warrior Women

Fri Mar 22, 7pm
Presented by: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
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In the 1970s, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader, who cultivated a rag-tag bunch of activist children—including her daughter Marcy—into the We Will Remember Survival Group, an alternative school. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother and daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both women are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values.

Through their story, Warrior Women explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood, and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation. The film unveils not only a female perspective of history, but also the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness.

USA, 2018, 64 min. Directors: Christina D. King (Seminole/Creek/Sac & Fox) and Elizabeth Castle

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