Upcoming Longhouse Events
Magic of Cinema and the Peninsula College House of Learning (Longhouse) are excited to host a screening of Usual and Accustomed Places on Thursday, 11/2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Peninsula College Longhouse.
This event is free and open to the public and is part of a year-long celebration to mark the 10-year anniversary of the PC House of Learning.
The screening will be followed by a discussion.
Usual and Accustomed Places is an account of Pacific Northwest tribes' century-long struggle to uphold their fishing rights. The film also focuses on the history of the Makah Nation of Washington State.
The film was directed by Sandy Sunrising Osawa, a local filmmaker who has spent her award-winning career giving voice to contemporary Native issues. A member of the Makah Indian Nation, Osawa was raised in both Neah Bay and Port Angeles, holds a BA from Portland's Lewis and Clark College, and attended the UCLA graduate film program. Her films include Lighting the 7th Fire (1995), Pepper's Pow Wow (1999), On & Off the Res' w/ Charlie Hill (2000), Maria Tallchief (2007), and Princess Angeline (2011) plus over 60 works for museums and tribes. Her work is studied in college classrooms across the country and most recently The University of North Carolina purchased her entire collection, including her first UCLA student film.
Today, Osawa lives and works in Seattle where she is co-owner of Upstream Productions with her husband and longtime film partner, Yasu Osawa. The two are currently working to extend Usual and Accustomed Places through 1980.
Along with her career as a filmmaker, Osawa worked for her tribe creating and directing the first Indian Head Start Program in the State, and developed early programs in carving, weaving, dancing, and language to help retain Makah culture. Elders taught in Head Start and the local school, where their traditional contributions had been non-existent. Osawa recalls an elder who attended Neah Bay schools and later taught at The Evergreen State College, telling her that she may not have realized it, but her efforts in the school were "nothing short of revolutionary."