A film featuring the perspective of a full-blooded Native American and Indiana University of Pennsylvania employee will air on IUP-TV from January 18 to 24, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
“We Have Survived: A Native American Perspective of the 21st Century” features an interview by Dr. Richard Lamberski, professor of Communications Media at IUP, 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 (NAAC), a constituent of the Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement, 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 chair of the IUP NAAC since 2007.
The fifty-minute video also includes footage of Native American artwork, contemporary Pow Wows, and traditional Native American music.
In addition, 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—give personal perspectives on their culture and heritage.
Post-production editing was done by Chris Barber, systems technician for IUP-TV.