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Reclaiming Sacred Ground Film Series at West Asheville Library
through Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Reclaiming Sacred Ground film series will be held one Wednesday each month from January - April, 2014 at the West Asheville Library.As part of an Engaged Collaborative Humanities Grant and in partnership with the Buncombe County Library System, UNC Asheville professors Trey Adcock, Reid Chapman and Sarah Judson will present a series of four films by Native American film makers.

Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-Representation in Film is a 4-part film and discussion series at the West Asheville Library beginning in February.

The full series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 5
— 6:30pm, West Asheville Library
(moved from January 29 due to weather)

Smoke Signals
Smoke Signals, the first feature film made by a Native American crew and creative team. Scripted by Sherman Alexie, this award-winning movie concerns two young men from the Coeur D’Alene Reservation in Idaho who have very different memories of Arnold Joseph, a former resident of the reservation who has just died. Journeying together to Phoenix to retrieve the dead man’s ashes, the young men confront the profound reality of Arnold’s legacy and their own identity as Native Americans.
(Running time for the film is 89 minutes, with discussion to follow)


Wednesday, February 26
Barking Water
Barking Water is a 2009 independent feature film written and directed by Sterlin Harjo that premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  Frankie is dying. Irene hasn't forgiven him. And they are racing against time to find their way home. Frankie needs help and Irene is the one he turns to. He must go home one last time. And, like so many times before, Irene is extending herself beyond her common sense. The two set out on a journey that becomes more than getting home; confronting the past, love, understanding, and self discovery. Barking Water is a tale of great love that looks at what brings us all together. It's a tale of home...and what it takes to get there.

(Running time for the film is 85 minutes, with discussion to follow)


Wednesday, March 19
— event details coming soon

The Fast Runner
(Running time for the film is 172 minutes, with discussion to follow)
The Fast Runner is a 2001 Canadian film directed by Zacharias Kunuk. It was the first feature film ever to be written, directed and acted entirely in Inuktitut. Set in the ancient past, the film retells an Inuit legend passed down through centuries of oral tradition, of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Wednesday, April 23
— event details coming soon
The Cherokee Word for Water
(Running time for the film is 92 minutes, with discussion to follow)

The Cherokee Word for Water is a 2013 film about the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. The film is inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem.  Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word For Water begins in the homes of a rural Oklahoma community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.  Visit the film's website for more information.

 Contact the West Asheville library at 254-4752 for more information.  All showings are free, and all are welcome.


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Intercultural Gallery Replaces Highsmith Gallery

Visitors participate in an interactive exhibit at the Intercultural GalleryThe Intercultural Gallery, formerly Highsmith Gallery, is a collaboration between Multicultural Student Programs, the Center for Diversity Education, and SAIL. Located adjacent to the Intercultural Center, the gallery serves as a space where local artist and UNCA students can display their artwork.

The Intercultural Gallery’s mission is to serve as:

  • a learning environment where dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion is stimulated by art exhibitions
  • a resource for the campus and community-at-large to intentionally address diversity, equity and inclusion with a high value on student input and engagement
  • an art space that showcases UNC Asheville student art work and senior exhibits; and an art space that is welcoming and accessible to all.


Gallery Hours (open only when fall and spring classes are in session):
Mon – Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun 12-6 p.m.

Currently on display at the Intercultural Gallery

Please check back soon.


For more information on upcoming events at the Intercultural Gallery, please contact:
Cori Anderson, Program Coordinator, 145 Karpen Hall, 828. 258. 7727 


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