"Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers)"
The story of Native peoples striving to revitalize their languages.
Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) will show at the 4th Annual Native Film Series August 12th & 13th at the historic El Morro Theatre in Gallup, New Mexico. The Native Film Series strives to provide a stage for Native American filmmakers to tell their stories.
The 2014 film from Brian McDermott details the importance of Native languages and cultures.
In Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers), we hear from a Yup'ik dog musher and a Tlingit carver of wood and metal in Alaska. The film then cuts to a school in Wisconsin to share the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language. We learn more about the fight against language loss through visiting a Euchee (Yuchi) immersion school in Oklahoma, where just four fluent elder speakers remain. Finally, we travel to Montana where Neyooxet Greymorning, an inventive Arapaho professor of anthropology and Native American studies, has been perfecting a method to help Indigenous languages thrive.
All films are free and open to the public; any and all proceeds will be donated to the Gallup Solar, Inc.
Watch the Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) trailer below: