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Warrior Women + Homecoming Song

Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children - including her daughter Marcy - into the “We Will Remember” Survival Group as a Native alternative to government-run boarding schools. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter.

Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both women are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for indigenous cultural values. Through their story, the film explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the face of a government that has continually met Native resistance with mass violence. This is an inspiring and fierce documentary.
Film subject, Marcy Gilbert and co-director, Elizabeth A. Castle, in attendance.


Preceded by: Homecoming Song Dir. Daniel Janke, 2019, YT, 20 min
A poetic documentary that tells the parallel stories of two men who came home. Many years ago Kaax’achgook of the Kiks.adi clan of Southeast Alaska disappeared at sea, and was thought lost by his family and people. Three years later he returned with a song telling of his experiences. When Pete Sidney came back after being away for six years fighting in the 2nd world war, his mother Angela Sidney sang this ancient song for him.
Executive producers, Ida Calmegane and Sandra Johnson and director, Daniel Janke, in attendance.
World premiere

Homecoming Song_Trailer from Daniel Janke on Vimeo.

  • Directed by Elizabeth A. Castle + Christina D. King, Daniel Janke
  • 2018, USA, YT
  • 84 minutes
    Warrior Women + Homecoming Song

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