2004 Beverly Morris (Aleut)
served as the associate director of the Institute of American
Indian Arts' first Summer Film and Television Workshop, sponsored
by the Walt Disney Studios/ABC Talent Development Program and
the National Museum of the American Indian. In the summer of 2005
she will teach high school students from Nambé Pueblo how
to use video to collect and edit oral histories of their elders.
Morris has also taught documentary filmmaking at the Girls Film
School of the College of Santa Fe. She has produced programs for
tribal communities in the Santa Fe area and for KNME-TV's ¡Colores!
series. Morris trained as an oral historian at Colorado College,
through a program run by the Library of Congress American Folklife
Center. Morris received a B.F.A. from Stephen Austin University.
"While interviewing a woman from Santa Clara Pueblo I came
to understand that she was the representative of her ancestors
and, by looking into her eyes, I saw both who she was and who
her ancestors were. Through my work as a filmmaker my ancestors
might also experience the world today. I am a curious person and
what better way to learn about the world, and to share my experiences,
than through documentary film."
Screened by NMAI
Beverly Morris - courtesy of the filmmaker