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I Am More Than A Word

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I Am More Than A Word

Check out our most recent demo here:
https://youtu.be/DiJUWR3MS_c

We began filming in 2014, which included the Change the Name rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the 2015 Chiefs rally. Our documentary focuses on the controversial Washington team name: the R*dskins. To produce this documentary, we have collaborated under the name Black Tongue Dakota Films. The name is derived from the name of our father’s drum group and is a way for us to continue the tradition.

Over the last year, controversy over the Washington team name has received coverage on a variety of news stations. It has long been a big issue in Indian Country. Despite the increased attention and awareness, we feel that there are still too many non-Native people who do not fully understand the importance of changing the name. The idea that Native culture has remained static and failed to survive into the twenty-first century still haunts us

In our documentary, we hope to include as many perspectives as possible. We have corresponded with and interviewed Native activists as well as supporters of the R*dskins and Chiefs. We believe that the inclusion rather than the exclusion of multiple perspectives will demonstrate the importance of this issue to all involved. We hope to better understand why supporters of the R*dskins are so resistant to dialogue.

The strong positions of the individuals we have already interviewed made it clear that the issue of race-based team mascots needs greater investigation. We believe a documentary that includes the viewpoints of those in favor of the name change and those in favor of keeping it will demonstrate that this issue is More Than A Word. The centrality of Native caricatures to white American identity has roots in American white supremacist violence and colonization. Yet team supporters deny that this history matters in the present debate. We want to examine their position in greater depth.

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Kenn and John Little are brothers enrolled on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. More Than A Word is a documentary that seeks to take an objective look at the Native American mascot controversies.

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