A documentary film from NET TV about Native women healers of today and the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte.
Medicine Woman 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 film was produced by Christine Lesiak and Princella RedCorn (Omaha). Actress Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Metis) is the voice of Doctor Susan. Poet and musician Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) narrates the documentary.
About the film:
What does it take to heal a people? That’s the question at the heart of Medicine Woman, a new one-hour PBS documentary interweaving the lives of Native healers of today with that of the first Native American doctor. Born on the Nebraska frontier in 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte studied medicine at a time when few women dared. She graduated first in her Philadelphia class and returned home to a shattered world. She spent the rest of her life working to help her people become whole again.
Like Doctor Susan, modern day medicine women are fighting a war, sharing a confident, even joyful approach to the work of healing. In Medicine Woman you’ll meet three remarkable women, from the Omaha, Lakota and Navajo tribes. Without fanfare, in their own communities, they perform small miracles that the world rarely sees. How can they hope to mend the wounds of body and spirit that history has created? And what have they learned about new ways of healing that can help us all?
All films are free and open to the public; any and all proceeds will be donated to the Gallup Solar, Inc.
Watch the Medicine Woman trailer below: