Sundance Institute Indigenous Shorts Program


In honor of Native American Heritage Month in November, the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program and the Arthouse Convergence present this program of acclaimed Indigenous short films. 

Birds in the Earth.  Examining the deeper questions of the ownership of the Sami land through the ballet performances of two young dancers.  Dir. by Marja Helander (Sámi), 11 mins..  

Fainting Spells. Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.  Dir. by Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño), 10 mins.  

 Jáaji Approx.  Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song. Dir. by Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño), 8 mins.

My Father’s Tools.  Stephen continues producing traditional baskets to honor his father and thus finds peace in his studio as he connects with the man who taught him the craft. Dir. by Heather Condo (Mi’gmaq), 7 mins.

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk.  Eva and Manon practice the art of throat singing in the small village of Kangirsuk, in their native Arctic land. Inter-spliced with footage of the four seasons of Kangirsuk by Johnny Nassak.  Dir. by Eva Kaukai (Inuit) and Manon Chamberland (Inuit), 4 mins.

Shiinaab Part II.  A look at Ojibwe ideas surrounding the death process as a young man strives to honor his late father.   Dir. by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians), 8 mins.

Plus, the additional short:

Hooghan.   Larry A. and Carmelita B. Lowe tell their family history over images of a Hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, being built.  Dir. by Blackhorse Lowe (Nenahnezad, New Mexico Navajo), 10 mins.

Thanks to our community partner, UA American Indian StudiesIndigenous Strategies, and HONOR Collective (Healing our Nations, Offering Resilience).