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This week, the Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates its seventh annual virtual festival with on-demand film screenings and virtual events scheduled through March 4, 2022. The film festival is curated by the Smithsonian and features films and filmmakers from around the world that highlight the role languages play in culture and identity. 

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Daniel Vandever, Diné, believes the future is female, Indigenous, and drawn from the generations before her. Vandever, along with Diné artist Corey Begay, have won the American Indian Youth Literature Award for their book Herizon, which follows a Diné girl’s journey through the Navajo Nation to herd her grandmother’s sheep. The award honors Native writers and illustrators for the best work that portrays Indigenous people “in the fullness of their humanity.”

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Whether you’re looking for love, friendship, or just seeking some sweet Native-made gifts for yourself, Indian Country is the place to be during Valentine’s time. 

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Erica Tremblay is a citizen of the Seneca Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma. She’s a filmmaker, a writer, and a language learner, living in upstate New York on her ancestral land on Cayuga Lake. Tremblay is a writer on season two of Reservation Dogs, and she recently sold a show with Sterlin Harjo to Paramount Plus called Yellow Bird. She was also a writer on Dark Winds, a series with Zahn McLarnon that will be premiering on AMC later this year. 

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The United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) announced exciting new additions to their conference agenda for the 2022 UNITY Midyear Conference. 

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This weekend and next week, Indian Country is a kaleidoscope of folklore, fine art, and funny business.

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Shannon Lowery has lived many different lives, from being a team roper in Florida to managing a chain of western-wear stores in Texas, then becoming a marketing manager for a big western-apparel brand and getting his dream job in the defense industry, and now owning his own jewelry business, Mud Lowery. He’s worn a lot of different (cowboy) hats. 

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Simply existing as an Indigenous man in Canada can be hazardous to one’s health, and, in some cases, fatal. 

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The traditional Native American berry sauce known as wojapi is on its way to becoming a household word and the condiment du jour thanks to Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Mexican-American culinary artist Stephanie “Pyet” Despain.

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The Cherokee Nation Film Office (CNFO) announced a new film incentive program that will provide up to $1 million in annual funding for productions filmed within the Cherokee Nation. The first program of its kind offered by a tribal film office in the U.S., the Cherokee Nation Film Incentive aims to create economic development and help grow the film industry in the 14-county reservation.