Film Year: 2021
Film Length: 19:38 minutes
Director: Shelley Niro
E. Pauline Johnson was a powerful wordsmith who traveled the North American continent sometimes in vaudeville-esque stages to Britain. Here she confronted the King of England. She used her voice and words as a weapon against the effects of colonization. Her mother was British and her father was Mohawk Chief from the Six Nations of the Grand River. When she passed away her influence was strong and wide. She was a proud Mohawk/British woman. Her capacity for change towards the perception of Indigenous people in North America was the beginning for a long struggle. Virtual discussion with filmmaker Shelley Niro, moderated by Dr. Adriana Greci Green (VAFF)
This live virtual screening and discussion is co-presented by The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and the Virginia Film Festival and is part of the VAFF’s 2021 Indigenous Americans in Film Series. The VAFF’s Indigenous Americans in Film Series is presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shelley Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Niro is a multi-media artist, involving photography, painting, beadwork, and film. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours, and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council. In 2017, she received the Governor General’s Award for the Arts from Canada Council, the Scotiabank Photography Award, and The Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Award. Niro received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design University and is the 2019 Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography.