Featured Films 
2017/18 Season

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When They Awake

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 / 7:30pm
Robert Powless Auditorium at AICHO

WHEN THEY AWAKE documents a remarkable generation of established and emerging Indigenous musicians in a moment of cultural and political resurgence. In this era of native resurgence, from Idle No More to Standing Rock, Indigenous musicians across North America are making their voices heard...and people are starting to listen. Working in every genre from Hip Hop to Rock to EDM and beyond, a generation of native musicians are channeling the pain of the past into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. Featuring 20+ artists, including modern trailblazers A TRIBE CALLED RED, TANYA TAGAQ, LEELA GILDAY and ISKWé, this film is a magnum opus documenting contemporary indigenous musicians as they transform historical trauma into compelling art.
“My people will sleep for 100 years, but WHEN THEY AWAKE, it will be the artists who give them their spirits back.”
- Louis Riel, Indigenous (Metís) Elder, 1885



Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 / 7:30pm
Robert Powless Auditorium at AICHO

Oyate follows several people over the course of a single summer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota as they interact with their families and friends, deal with tribal politics, idly pass the time, and go about their daily activities.



Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 / 7:30pm
Robert Powless Auditorium at AICHO

MANKILLER examines the life and legacy of the formidable American hero, Wilma Mankiller, who defied all odds to become one of the most influential leaders in the US. Mankiller overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985.  Mankiller’s humble leadership style and her strength remind audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wake-up call to take action for positive change.

Indigenous Cinema Showcase at AICHO

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 / 6:30pm
Robert Powless Auditorium at AICHO

We're bringing back the short film showcase curated by Jonathan R Thunder from last year's Festival! Films start at 6:45 p.m. This short films program pulls together several Indigenous film makers from the Minnesota region in a collection of documentaries, poem films, music videos and storytelling. Films featured:

Dodging Bullets 
By Bob Trench

We Are Strong Women
Produced by Metahna Steeprock, Eliza Kingbird, Keira Matthews, Katrina Ducheneaux, and Selena Rushman. Bug O Nay Ge Shig School / Leech Lake
Nation @ 2017

It’s Genetic, Baby
A film by Khayman Goodsky

Written by Gyasi Ross / Music by Calina Lawrence / Animation by Jonathan Thunder

Standing Rock: An Insider’s Perspective
Savanna Thunder

Passion: A Dog Poem by Louise Erdrich
Elizabeth Day

Advice to Myself
Elizabeth Day

By Wenonah Wilms

The Sting of Memory
By Moira Villiard and Jonathan Thunder

The Hymns of Our Breaking Routine
By Moira Villiard and Jonathan Thunder

The Indian Headband - “Black Snake Bleed”
By Lyz Jaakola

“Gii nibaana?”
by Lyz Jaakola

by Xander Jaakola

by Lyz Jaakola, song engineered by JayGee

by Xander Jaakola

by Lyz Jaakola, song engineered by JayGee

“First Day Of College” 
by Carlton Highschool students at Fond du Lac Tribal Community College ODAS

by Lyz Jaakola at Fond du Lac Tribal Community College ODAS Studios

Interview with Billy Blackwell
by Fond du Lac Tribal Community College ODAS Studios

“Cyborg Baapi”  
by Lyz Jaakola on iPhone, song by Rick McLean

Walking This Frozen Road
By Jonathan Thunder and Heid Erdrich

Od'e Miikan/Heart Line_MooseTrack
By Jonathan Thunder, Heid Erdrich and Trevino Brings Plenty

Standing For Unity
By Eugene Tapahe

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Arctic Superstar

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 / 7:30pm
Robert Powless Auditorium at AICHO

The indigenous, Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. His dream is to make a living from his music and maybe even become world famous. The only problem is that less than 20.000 people speak his endangered language.


We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 / 7:30pm
Robert Powless Auditorium at AICHO

The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. This film tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers for many generations has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.