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She Fears Her Tribe's Story Will Be Forgotten

What does it mean to be Native American today? To answer this question, filmmakerKayla Briët explores her Prairie Band Potawatomi roots through the teachings of her father, Gary Wis-ki-ge-amatyuk. This hypnotic and introspective short film captures part of her childhood and confronts the fear of her cultural identity fading with time. Weaving together the history, language, dance, and music of her tribe, Kayla Briët'sSmoke That Travels keeps her family's heritage alive and celebrates the beauty of culture.

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