Co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado
Workshop (optional): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Workshop: Understanding Historical Trauma. Elicia M. Goodsoldier will lead this unique experiential training that takes a look at the effects Historical Trauma has had on American Indians.
"Together, the group will explore why American Indian communities see higher rates of suicide, alcoholism and violence than the rest of the country. The group will also explore what we can do to create change and heal from our past. It is important for us to have an understanding of the past, and how trauma and its effects can be passed on from one generation to the next. Until we are able to understand and heal, we will be unable to change the legacy."
Elicia M. Goodsoldier, Commissioner, Denver American Indian Commission, and Board Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado.
Film + Q&A: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School. This searing documentary presents a Native American perspective on Indian boarding schools, uncovering the dark history of U.S. government policy that took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and educated them in the ways of Western Society. The film gives voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their culture, heritage and traditions. (Rich-Heape Films, Inc. 2008, 80 min.) www.richheape.com.
The Salt Song Trail: A Living Documentary. The Salt Songs, the sacred songs of the 14 Bands of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) people, describe ancient landscapes of the People since Ocean Woman and Coyote set the world into motion at the beginning of time. They are most often sung at funerals and memorials to assist the deceased on their journey to the next world. This portion of the living documentary chronicles a gathering and sing at the Stewart Indian Boarding School in Carson City, Nevada in 2006. Edited by Chemehuevi filmmakers Cara McCoy and Bridget Sandate. (Screening courtesy of The Cultural Conservancy, Salt Song Trail Project and Chemehuevi Cultural Center, 2009, 12 min.)
Following the film will be a discussion about historical trauma, from issues raised in the films to local community resources, with Elicia M. Goodsoldier, Brett Lee Shelton, Native American Rights Fund, and a representative from our program cosponsor the National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado.
Celebrating July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Where & When
721 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204
Wednesday, July 10th
Workshop: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.; Films Program: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Suggested donation $5 (no one turned away)