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Saturday, June 13 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Native Storytelling

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The Chickasaw Nation recently finished production on the half hour documentary film, First Encounter. The film is set in 1540 and tells the story of how the Chickasaws originally partnered with and ultimately ran off Hernando de Soto and his Spanish conquistadors. First Encounter is the first in a series of documentary films being created by the Chickasaw Nation Multimedia Group to preserve their own history on film.

deadCENTER has partnered with the Chickasaw Nation for many years. Their first narrative feature, Pearl, opened the film festival in 2009. So, when we saw First Encounter and learned of their goal to use the medium of film to capture their unique history, we decided to create a broader program to look at how Native American’s have been passing down and preserving their stories through the generations.

Native Storytelling is the first of three Special Event Screenings that deadCENTER will host at the Museum of Art during this year’s festival. On Saturday, June 13, at 2:30pm, deadCENTER will present a Chickasaw Nation band, a traditional oral storyteller, Choctaw visual artist D.G. Smalling, a short narrative film from Kiowa filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer called Isabelle’s Garden, and the Chickasaw Nation’s First Encounter. Following the performances and film screenings, there will be a hosted discussion about the history and future of Native storytelling.

The Chickasaw Nation will host a reception immediately following at their Oklahoma City headquarters and gallery in Bricktown, Exhibit C, at 1 East Sheridan. 

Thanks to the Chickasaw Nation, this screening is free and open to the public.
First come, first serve.


Saturday June 13, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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