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ᏓᏗᏬᏂᏏ (We Will Speak)

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Catalogue Number:  TVP127
Producer:  Video Project, Inc.
Producers:  Gonzales, Keli
Directors:  McDermit, Michael
Producing Agencies:  Blurry Pictures
Subject:  American History, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2023
Running Time:  95:07

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(We Will Speak) highlights the critical work of language activists, artists, youth, and elders who are now leading a growing movement of urgent radical revitalization efforts to help save the Cherokee language from the brink of extinction. The film also delves into the history of the Cherokee syllabary, the destructive assimilationist legacy of boarding schools, the lasting impacts of the Trail of Tears, and the ways in which members of the Cherokee tribe reconcile their relationship to American identity.

Shot on location in Oklahoma and North Carolina, this film explores the nuanced ways that the Cherokee language is central to maintaining a unique cultural identity and relationship with the world. This collaborative project also intends to act as an empowering agent of hope for Indigenous voices in the midst of enduring inequity and oppression.  (We Will Speak) centers Native perspectives and shows how it remains possible to continue to resist colonial monocultural influences and celebrate that which makes us unique.

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