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   from the issue of September 21, 2006

Graduate assistant's documentary to show in Washington, New York

"Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire," a two-part documentary film directed by Carol Cornsilk, a graduate assistant in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, will have its premiere this month at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The film will premiere at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 and be shown again at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the museum's Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater.

It will also be screened on the opening night at the 13th Native American Film and Video Festival, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in New York City at the Donnell Media Center at the New York Public Library.

Cornsilk, a Cherokee tribal member, will be on hand to discuss her film at both sites.

The documentary will also air nationally on PBS in November in conjunction with Native American History month.

"Indian County Diaries" takes author LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) to the North Carolina homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to discover how the mix of tourism, community and cultural preservation is the key to their tribe's health in the 21st century.

Along the way, Howe seeks to reconcile her own complex identity as the illegitimate daughter of a Choctaw woman, fathered by a Cherokee man she never knew, and raised by an adopted Cherokee family in Oklahoma.

The documentary was co-produced by Cornsilk's Adanvdo Vision production company in partnership with Native American Public Telecommunications.



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