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  • Writer's pictureKatherine (K’iya) Wilson

Native Students Prepare for Film Workshop


During June we collected thumb drives and footage from the Mother’s Day Pow-wow

at the University of Oregon, and we are excited to start editing it. But first in order to

even create selects on our new Mac, or for teaching editing, we are having to learn the

latest edition of both Editing Programs of Adobe Premiere Pro for PC Users and Final

Cut Pro for us Mac users- that my co-mentor, Award-winning Editor Bob Laird

helped develop for Macromedia and Apple in San Francisco, all for our Doc Camp.

Speaking of the Doc Camp, we have pivoted it from Allen Hall to the Longhouse for

the Native Students, thanks to the Longhouse Steward Katie Staton, who put us first

in line for Summer Scheduling.


We also have other film mentors, such as Professor Mitchell Block and other visiting

filmmakers like Loren Sears, Craig McKern, Roger Haney and Marty Hutcherson,

(who worked on Smoke Signals as a Sound Engineer) supporting the students by

sharing their skill-sets and offering one-on-one help to make their videos Film

Festival worthy- and in order to generate more pride in their work- and reach more

people with their stories.


We are also interviewing Elder Ed Edmo for Jordon Herrington’s project about how

the Klamath Tribe’s Cultural Traditions of Songs and Community Potlucks inspired

the formation of the U of O Longhouse and it’s Pow-wow Traditions, as taught to us

through beloved Elder Gordon Bettles (Klamath) who was its first Longhouse

Steward in the early 70’s, and which are still practiced to this day.


We also went on to support our students to move out of the dorms the last day of

Finals Week, and at their request, shot their Native Graduation this week. We have

all been taking a few weeks off after the flurry of activity at the end of the school

year, and before we begin the intensive Doc Camp in July.

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