About This Program
Two documentaries feature interviews with members of tribes of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Dawes Act
Director: Frederick Dakota
Documentary Short, USA, 2019, 9 min, Color, Student Project
(Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, US)
Three individuals reflect on the negative impacts the Dawes
Act had, and continues to have, on the lives and communities of Native
Great Lakes connection: From the director: “My film is about
Native American history and talks specifically about the history of the Tribes
in the Upper Peninsula.”
The Seventh Fire
Subtitle: UP Michigan Natives Reclaim Their Past to Save Their Future
Documentary Feature, USA, 2019, 71 min, Color
About the Film
Reclaiming, growing, and preserving cultural practices nearly lost to assimilation is part of daily life for this generation of native Michiganders.
Great Lakes connection:
The documentary centers on the Bay Mills Indian Community located twenty minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Ojibwe/Anishinaabeg. It features Lake Superior and the native people who live on its shores. The documentary is about how these native people are fighting daily to save and grow their native culture after generations of assimilation. The director is a Flint area resident/journalist.
Cast & Crew:
Director: Timothy Jagielo