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Minneapolis. The city of Mary Tyler Moore and Prince and the Revolution… and my Dad… back in the day. It had been years since I had set foot in the beautiful city: the air was great, not too cold – not too hot, great food everywhere. So after a small mishap at the Denver airport and our later then expected arrival, the team and I made our way down to the depths of Minneapolis and into an intense, information filled few days… and the most gigantic dinner I’ve had since the Jemez Feast Day!!

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I came away from the Vision Maker Media Producer Training NAMAC Conference in Minneapolis with a whirlwind of ideas and information and a deeper sense of belonging. Meeting and sharing with the other filmmakers, feeling their excitement about their work, sharing the joy of being at the conference, getting glimpses of their creative process, was both invigorating and life enhancing.

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With the great support of the Vision Maker Media Producer Opportunity Fund, I traveled to Agadir, Morrocco to participate in the 6th Annual Amazigh International Film Festival. While in attendance, I was also given three film classes to instruct.

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This past summer I had the opportunity to teach a digital media arts camp as apart of the educational outreach for the 60-min Standing Bear’s Footsteps documentary.  I worked as Associate Producer on Standing Bear’s Footsteps along with Executive Producer Christine Lesiak at NET Television. The digital media arts camp met at the Ponca Tribal building in Lincoln, Neb. with 13 Ponca youth aged 9-15 years old, all of whom were descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear.

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Last month I joined Lakota Language Consortium (LLC) linguist and executive director Wil Meya and dozens of other Vision Maker Media-supported documentary producers in Minneapolis, MN for a lively series of workshops, and the chance to attend the incredible annual conference of the National Alliance for Media and Culture.

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I attended the Vision Maker Media's Producers Workshop in Minneapolis in early September. This was my first time in the workshop. 

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The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 5-8, 2012 was a great experience for the Native American Media producers. Myself, as an aspiring educational media producer, this conference with Vision Maker Media brought together many creative media artists. I was able to meet some new friends and reconnect with old friends within the Native Media network of people.

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First off the trip was amazing... I met so many creative minds producing great stories for Native America. I was honored and priviledge to give a presentation at the Vision Maker Media Producers Conference. It was nerve racking but exciting. My deliverables were and are still underway. However, I still found the conference to be very useful and well rounnded. I was informed on lots of project and happenings. I think the best thing was meeting all these producers who are passionate about their work.

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The corn is almost ready to harvest now and Northern New Mexican families are busy making the corn into chicos. Chicos are a traditional dried corn. They are made from field corn that is harvested, tied into ristras (strings), and hung to dry. Some Native American and Hispano families (that settled in this region hundreds of years ago) make chicos by roasting the corn in the horno adobe (earthen) oven overnight and then hang them to air-dry. After the corn is dried, the kernels are rubbed off by hand and then stored to be used throughout the winter.

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I took away many things from Minneapolis this past September. Firstly, I really enjoyed being there with my partner in this film together. not only did we tackle some some issues and hurdles with our current cut from twenty thousand feet over Colorado, we had each other to springboard points and issues that emerged during the workshop. We were touched that Vision Maker Media was happy to have us both there and I think my partner Christian especially was able to offer some technical insights to the group too.

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