“A Thousand Voices” Locally Produced Documentary To Air on TV in May

Movie poster image from "A Thousand Voices". Courtesy image

Locally Produced Documentary “A Thousand Voices” To Air on TV in May:

Advisors To The Film Include Nambe And Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Members

SANTA FE – A locally produced documentary is scheduled to air on Public Broadcasting Service May 10. “A Thousand Voices,” the most recent documentary film produced by Santa Fe based Silver Bullet Productions is the story of Native American women in New Mexico.

See below for a trailer from the film.

The documentary is described as based on  the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.”This documentary builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. The documentary portrays Native American women as the purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invaders who stripped women of their inherent power, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values of enduring courage and wisdom.

Located in Santa Fe, Silver Bullet Productions (SBP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively impact education in New Mexico and preserve culture and heritage by teaching filmmaking to youth. Silver Bullet  creates relevancy in learning by teaching filmmaking and writing – and by producing documentaries about esoteric topics that have the potential to change thinking. Silver Bullet believes relevant and cultural learning really is the silver bullet for educational reform. SBP has completed over 35 educational film projects.

The film’s producers and proponents contend that if one is to understand Northern New Mexico and our state’s diverse culture in general, it is crucial that we all  remain aware of indigenous people’s histories and contributions. Central to these contributions and awareness is the traditional role women play in Native communities. These are stories not often conveyed to the public. The film presents a cross section of various Pueblo, Apache and Navajo women that brings forth the reverence of indigenous women as the foundations of communities. No other community in America has historically placed women in such unparalleled roles, carrying out responsibilities essential to survival of culture, language, collective memory and traditional lifestyle.

Grounded in the stories of tribal men and women, SBP relied on tribal advisors, leaders in community and professions across the state, and a great deal of research. These advisors and participants include leaders from Mescalero Apache, Jicarilla Apache, San Ildefonso, Acoma, Laguna, Navajo, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Santo Domingo and the Indigenous Language Institute. Silver Bullet Productions sought diversity among the participants. Each person  spoke for himself, herself, not for a tribe or pueblo. Each individual is a “voice” grounded in the past, focused on the present and future. Each woman was selected because of unique roles or leadership roles already played in her or his community. It was as important to have male voices, as it was to have women.

The following individuals are featured in the documentary:

  • Luci Tapahonso – Poet Laureate Navajo Nation
  • Liana Sanchez – entrepreneur San Ildefonso
  • Lela Kaskala – past Governor Nambe Pueblo
  • Sandra Platero – past President Mescalero Apache
  • Veronica Tiller – historian, Author, Jicarilla Apache
  • Rose B. Simpson – artist Santa Clara
  • Patricia Michaels – artist Taos Pueblo
  • Georgene Louis – Attorney, State Representative, Acoma Pueblo
  • Richard Luarkie (and his family) – Governor Laguna Pueblo
  • Tanya Luarkie – professional and wife of Governor Luarkie, Laguna Pueblo
  • Matthew Martinez – professor, historian, Ohkay Owingeh
  • Selena and Mark Chino – past President Mescalero Apache and advocate for women
  • Christy Bird – Santo Domingo student
  • Navajo Weavers from Toadlena and Grey Hills area
  • Dancers and participants from Pojoaque Pueblo

A Thousand Voices will air on Public Broadcasting Service KNME May 10, 2015, at 3 p.m.