Canisius Video Institute Premieres Native American Film

BUFFALO, NY ― The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere the documentary film, “Where the Crow Will Be Forever,” on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The 30-minute film explores the history of the Crow tribe, life on the reservation and why the Crow have chosen to stay.  Student filmmakers Ashley Fike (COM ’13) and Lauren Mosier (DMA ’13) traveled with Keith Burich, PhD, professor of history, and a Canisius contingent to Montana in summer 2012, during a trip offered through the American Indian Center at Canisius College.  The group celebrated at Crow Fair and learned about life on the reservation through first-hand experiences and conversations with members of the Crow tribe.

The American Indian Center at Canisius College offers a unique opportunity to learn about Native American history and culture from the First Peoples of the Americas in their own ways and their own words.  The center offers classes, field experiences and symposia with a special interest in the Iroquois or Haudenausaunee people of New York. All activities are open to the public.  It also offers services such as presentations and workshops to local schools and organizations.  Through these programs and activities, the center seeks to bring native and non-natives together in order to promote greater understanding and overcome the distrust that has divided the two communities for centuries.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community.  Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today.  The Video Institute is co-directed by Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor and chair of communication studies, and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and director of the Digital Media Arts Program

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Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.