Blood Memory

FREE for Indigenous Peoples' Day

Director: 
Drew Nicholas
Year: 
2019
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
107 mins
FREE for Indigenous Peoples' Day | Presented by the Grand Traverse Band with Live Preshow Drum Performance

A story of healing intergenerational wounds and the fight to undo the horrors of the past, Drew Nicholas’ film Blood Memory refuses to shy away from the truth of history. America’s Indian Adoption Era may not be widely discussed in present-day society, but its ramifications are clear. During the era, Native children were stolen from their families and forced to assimilate, the process itself designed to wipe out generations of culture, language and communal connections. As a member of the stolen generation, Sandy White Hawk spent half of her adult life reclaiming her Sicangu Lakota heritage. Today, Sandy is helping heal the still very much present wounds of her community. Meanwhile, there’s Mark Fiddler, a Twin Cities-based adoption attorney and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who is working to dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act - a law passed in 1978 to halt the removals of Sandy’s generation and keep Indian children connected to family and culture.