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Mark, Gary T and I drove on a day trip to visit Hope BC and Box Canyon this last Monday.  Lots of warm sunshine..

Gary Todd painted. He said he hadn’t painted in a long time. We explored by walking around the area.  Here are the still photos from the trip.

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I saw the April issue of Vanity Fair 2015. Article was about women behind the camera: Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie and others.  A whole array of women filmmakers , but most were White.  I noticed not any mention of Indigenous women filmmakers and other women of color filmmakers except for Ava DuVernay, an Afro-American director of Selma.  It is not surprising how much we are ignored especially with a topic such as this.  Always I have to bring it up.  Come on!  Why are well-known women behind the camera featured?  Yes these women have made films and videos.  I accept Sofia Coppola and Bigelow’s inclusion presently but to constantly ignore us.  What about the rest of the other women filmmakers? Other filmmakers deserve to be noticed, shot and written about, too.  The mainstream film and television media much lacks to expose Indigenous women filmmakers and writers.  It is a fact.  Usually it happens. I express this too because I am an Indigenous filmmaker, Dine’ filmmaker.  Also is it because the editor of Vanity Fair does not know information about Indigenous women filmmakers that they exist?  They exist. I do not understand.  If a person investigates material a lot on the internet she/he can find information about Indigenous women filmmakers in the U.S.  Or search the universities; for example, the American Indian Studies Program, Campbell Hall @ UCLA in Los Angeles. Such a department exists. There are other similar departments at other universities.  Not all universities have them. Search the university, Native American libraries for leads.  To search at the actor, director and writer guilds. These are some routes to take for information about us.  There  needs to be a place to go for such information. I hope to organize such an organization in the future.  Mean time I will write about it to express we’re alive and well out there as Indigenous women filmmakers.   

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