The University of Nebraska State Museum welcomes honored speaker Bird Runningwater for the annual Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture on Thursday, October 10 at the Great Plains Art Museum (12th and Q streets).

Free and open to the public thanks to generous support from from Dr. Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation.

Public Reception at 6:00pm

"Our Stories Onscreen: Creating a Narrative with Native Filmmakers" Lecture at 7:00pm

Bird Runningwater belongs to the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache Tribes and grew up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Based in Los Angeles, California, Runningwater serves as the Director of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program overseeing the Native Filmmakers Lab, the Native Producers Fellowship, and the Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum. Runningwater currently serves on the Comcast/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council, the Boards of Directors of the First Peoples Fund and Illuminative. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Runningwater’s lecture will include discussion of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program and its goal to increase Indigenous visibility in American culture and media. Representations of Native Americans in film have a long history of depicting stereotypes and generalizations. Runningwater will touch on his experiences as the Director of the program in supporting Indigenous filmmakers and helping them to bring their stories and voices to the screen.

The University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall in partnership with the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies, Great Plains Art Museum, present the free public reception and lecture to help advance the understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of the First Peoples of the Plains.

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  • Occurred Thursday, October 10th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Great Plains Art Museum

1155 Q St
Lincoln, NE 68508