Sandy Osawa (Makah), a filmmaker based in Seattle, WA, was the featured speaker in the fall 2014 installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community, presenting "Maria Tallchief," a lecture and viewing of the film. This video presents the lecture portion of the program, but does not include the showing of Sandy Osawa’s film “Maria Tallchief.” You may view the film in the Labriola National American Indian Data Center in Hayden Library, Arizona State University Tempe campus. The film is also available for purchase on DVD through Upstream Productions for a modest cost.
Osawa’s extraordinary film on Maria Tallchief, America’s first prima ballerina, was broadcast on PBS from 2007-2010. The film swept Fargo’s 2009 International Film Festival for “Best Documentary” and “Best of Show” categories. Maria Tallchief is currently being extended to include additional footage of key dances including her innovative role as the first sugar plum fairy in “Nutcracker.” Such an extension will enable the film to play in theaters and will target a new audience.
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University brings notable scholars and speakers to Arizona for public lectures twice a year. These speakers address topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an Indigenous worldview that is inclusive and that is applicable to all walks of life.