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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept ashore on the Louisiana coast. Among those communities devastated by her impact were the small Houma Indian settlements in the lower eastern Parishes of Louisiana. Over one thousand were left homeless, their homes completely destroyed by wind and water. As the tribe struggled to bring aid to its citizens another storm loomed on the horizon. Hurricane Rit…

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Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying tells the story of the Lakota Nation from their hearts and minds. The Lakota Sioux (and many other indigenous Nations) are forced to live on the “Reservation,” a designated prisoner of war camp. This movie is a saga of displacement, neglect, deprivation, abolishment of traditional beliefs, language, mores and culture. Yet, despite the many challenges, the La…

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In 2002, the United States/China Foundation, a non profit international cultural arts program, chose the award winning Mary Lamont Band of Long Island, N.Y. to represent the United States through their Country/Americana music. This ground breaking tour of Mainland China covered some 23,500 miles. The band performed in Shenyang, Dalian, Guizhou Province, Xiamen, Beijing, and Nanjing. How Lucky Chin…

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Matt Sesow was born in Omaha Nebraska on September 10, 1966 and is the second of three siblings. In 1974 at the age of 8, he was playing a game of 'spud' in an airfield near his home and was struck by a landing airplane. Matt's arm was severed by the propeller and reattached at the hospital. He lost his dominant left hand. And so his journey begins…In 1994 he began painting inspired by his trauma…

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One of Louisiana's major cultural attractions is the Cajun people's way of life. Let The Good Times Roll / Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler welcomes us into the hearts and spirit of these hardworking, fun loving people. You could easily believe the concept of 'Joie de Vivre' was invented here, nestled in the moss-draped cypress bayous of tropic Louisiana. Join the party and get up and dance with the s…

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Murray (Mark) Morgan was born in New York City in 1925. He grew up in the Bronx and after school worked for fashion photographer Harold Stein. In 1949, Mark and his family moved Long Island, New York. Mark opened Morgan Studio a thriving portrait, wedding and commercial photography business. During that time, Mark also performed magic shows, séances, mind readings and hypnotism demonstrations. Lat…

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Rose Kramer was born on January 1, 1908 in Smorgun, Russia. Her father was imprisoned during the Russian “Pograms” against the Jews. Upon his release he came to the U.S. and later sent for his family. Rose tells of her early years growing up as a bright, artistically talented Jewish girl in Ithaca. Upon graduation she came to NYC. One of the first “Feminists”, she did as she wanted and succeeded.…

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In this exclusive interview with Russell Means (11/10/39-10/22/12) at his home in Porcupine South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Russell reveals his struggles and life. He reflects on his early years, leaving his home on the “Rez” during WWII so that his father could work on the military ships in California. He speaks candidly about racism, the ignorance of mainstream society and Hol…

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In the African worldview, dance is a conduit of individual and community healing. African conceptualizations of illness and health integrate social, spiritual, physical and mental realms all of which are impacted by trauma. This movie reveals the healing ritual called the N’Deup Healing Ceremony. Every gesture has a meaning: the dances, the millet, the beat of the drums together with the litanies…

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