Daughter of a Lost Bird
Thu 7/7: 6:30p reception, 7:30p film
Circle Cinema and Tulsa Artist Fellowship present a new award-winning documentary as part of the Native Spotlight Series sponsored by the Flint Family Foundation. Tickets include pre-film reception and post-film Q&A with filmmakers.
6:30p: Reception featuring light bites catered by Chef Nico Albert (Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods)
7:30p: Film screening and Q&A with special guests Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (protagonist / producer),
Brooke Pepion Swaney (director), Laura Ortman (composer, will perform live in-theatre), Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee Nation, 'This Land' podcast host), and Brenda Toineeta Pipestem (attorney and Associate Justice for the Mississippi Choctaw and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Supreme Courts).
The documentary DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD explores ethics surrounding Native American adoption via a singular story as an entry point into a more complicated national issue. In many ways, Kendra Potter is a perfect example of cultural assimilation, a modern representation of the painful phrase, "kill the Indian, save the man." She is a thriving woman who grew up in a loving, upper middle-class white family, and feels no significant loss with the absence of Native American culture or family in her life. And yet, as a Blackfeet/Salish woman, director Brooke Swaney could not imagine that Kendra could be content or complete without understanding her heritage. So together they embark on a 7 year journey.
Native Spotlight is a quarterly series at Circle Cinema showcasing the diverse variety of the Native American and indigenous experience through film.