A film featuring the perspective of a full-blooded Native American and IUP employee will air on IUP-TV from January 18–24, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
We Have Survived: A Native American Perspective of the Twenty-First Century features an interview by Dr. Richard Lamberski, professor of communications media, with Clifton Pembleton, a Tuscarora Native American.
During the interview, Pembleton discusses the thriving culture of Native Americans today and his perspective on subjects such as the history of his people; Native American art, language, values, and beliefs; and the structure of Native American tribes. The video was produced for the IUP Native American Awareness Council to raise awareness of the Native American culture at the university and beyond.
Pembleton, a member of the Tuscarora Tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy, has been an automotive dispatcher at IUP for twenty-two years and the chair of the IUP NAAC since 2007.
The fifty-minute video includes footage of Native American artwork, contemporary Pow Wows, and traditional Native American music.
Four other Native Americans—Ezra Fields of the Pawnee Tribe, Joanne Rickard-Weinholtz of the Tuscarora Tribe, Bill Crouse of the Seneca Tribe, and Kathy Johnston of the Seneca, Crow, Micmac, and Lakota tribes—also give personal perspectives on their culture and heritage.
Post-production editing was done by Chris Barber, systems technician for IUP-TV.