CSREA/Ethnic Studies is pleased to welcome filmmaker and scholar Angelo Baca to Brown University. Angelo Baca will be teaching two courses this academic year. During fall 2012, he will teach "Native Americans in the Media," and in spring 2013, "Introduction to Native American Literature." As part of his engagement with the Ethnic Studies dept., Prof. Baca will host the Ethnic Studies film series during fall 2012. Among the films to be presented, is Prof. Baca's 2008 film: "In Laman's Term: Looking at Lamanite Identity." **Films are free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q & A session.
In Laman's Terms: Looking at Lamanite Identity "What is a Lamanite?" Based on this single basic question, one Native American man seeks out to answer questions about Indian and Mormon identity. Angelo Baca, a Navajo and Hopi filmmaker, takes a personal journey exploring the influences of the Mormom culture upon his own and what the definition of a Lamanite really meansfrom indivuduals within the church as well as outside of it. Traveling accross the country from New York to Hawaii, issues such as colonization, assimilation, and proselytizing of indigenous populations are confronted and discussed. From an indigenous perspective, this provocative documentary explores the impacts of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints and the Book of Mormon has on native peoples and communities challenging the traditional, some might even say racist, notions of the original term and its place in the church's teachings. A documentary whose answers will surprise and enlighten viewers.
Tuesday, 10/2 - Avatar
Tuesday, 10/23 - Miss Navajo
Tuesday, 11/6 - In Laman's Terms
Tuesday, 11/27 - Club Native
Tuesday, 12/4 - Native American Shorts
All films will be shown at Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room G01 - 7-9:30pm