"The Thick Dark Fog" is the second of three films in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project's winter 2014 film series that examines the issue of genocide in Native North American History. This 2011 documentary by Randy Vasquez follows the story of a Lakota child who attended a government boarding school where his Native identity was suppressed, and the journey to reclaim his identity.
“Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The mission of many of these schools in 1950, was still to "kill the Indian and save the man." The children were not allowed to be Indians - to speak their language or express their culture or native identity in any way at the risk of being severely beaten, humiliated or abused. What effects did these actions cause? Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to it. "The Thick Dark Fog" tells the story of how Walter confronted the "thick dark fog" of his past so that he could renew himself and his community.” -imdb.com
The screening takes place at the
Native American Student & Community Center
(710 SW Jackson, Room 170)
from 6-9 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
The HGS Project welcomes interested parties to contribute to the discussion based around this topic on their blog: theHGSproject.wordpress.com, and encourages further inquiry through their recommended accompanying literature:
Murder State by B. Lindsay
American Holocaust by B. Stannard
Struggle for the Land by W. Churchill
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