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Alaska Native and First Nations films during online festival [Video]

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Vision Maker Media’s First Indigenous Online Film Festival is showcasing three films focused on stories about Alaska Native and First Nations history. The films are part of the festival’s history and environment showcase and are available to watch for a limited time.

Director Christopher Waats’daa Auchter preserves a special moment in the Haida’s recent past with his short documentary “Now Is The Time.”

Auchter brings the viewer back to a day in 1969 when a totem pole was raised in the village of Old Masset on Haida Gwaii, just south of the Alaska panhandle. It was the first time a totem pole had been raised there in almost a century after a decades-long ban on First Nations art and culture.

Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter's "Now Is the Time" tells the story of internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson who was 22 years old, when he committed to carving the first new totem pole in Old Massett in almost a century. Auchter revisits August 1969, when the entire village gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.
Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter’s “Now Is the Time” tells the story of internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson who was 22 years old, when he committed to carving the first …

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