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April 1, 2013

Video: Native Youth Declare 'We Are Indian! We Are  Proud!'
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California: In a two-minute video, a group of Native youth declare, “We are Indian! We are Proud!”

Last summer, these youth ambassadors for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center attended a summer camp through the The Tribal Ambassadors Through Theater program. They learned performance, storytelling, digital media production, and Native language and public speaking skills. All lessons were enriched with California Indian history and culture.

When camp ended, the youth performed before an audience of students and teachers to share Native history and culture from a Native perspective. They also performed in front of 1,600 for their “Journeys to the Past” presentation last October/

“The idea was to give them skills in history and public speaking so they had  confidence in educating others about California Indians,” said Nicole Lim, Pomo and CIMCC director. “It was a great success.”

Lim said the video wasn’t planned but came about after talking to the youth and hearing why they were proud to be an Indian.

“The video reflects all of the things that were on their minds when they  began the program,” she said. “The kids really enjoyed the program and having this media piece that was done in a really positive way showcasing their pride  and heritage was really wonderful.”

The video will be used in upcoming programs to showcase the impacts that misinformation and stereotypes can have on Native kids.


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