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Essay by Jaque Fragua: The beginning of another season, another cycle, another space in time…

There have been quite a number of changes in our world over the last two years, let alone the last decade. I have been an artist even longer. I have observed, listened, studied, and then sometimes created. It has always been my process. I am hard-wired this way. Rarely do I create, in comparison to my critical thinking. Yet, I have mustered the courage to create and be creative, with all odds against me and my expression and identity. I do think that at the core of my identity is an antithesis to this World. A world built up around me and my ancestors, a world that was invented to enslave those who opposed it, and it just so happened my people, Indigenous people, Native American, Pueblo people, stood in the way of this world. 

Begay’s film, entitled Lightning Boy, combines a culturally based story-line with contemporary special effects, featuring the award-winning poet and writer Vivian Mary Carroll. Lightning Boy received the 2019 TCJ Student Best Film Award and will be present at the Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia in 2020.

Bidzííl considers himself to be a drone environmental activist and documented the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota in 2016. 

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