October 19, 2006

Deep secrets about boarding schools

County, reservation to be backdrop of 'Older Than America'Carlton County and the Fond du Lac Reservation are about to step forward into a new and important role in bringing history to life. The area will play host to the filming of the independent movie, “Older Than America,” that tells the story of how the American Indian boarding school experience of the late 1800s and 1900s has influenced subsequent generations of the Indian culture.

The movie, directed by Native American director and actor Georgina Lightning and produced by established local producer Christine Walker, is described as “a Native American thriller set in a small Minnesota town once home to a Native boarding school.”

“Deep secrets about the school and its dark past come to light when an earthquake threatens to attract undue attention to the area,” the movie overview goes on to explain.
And how does the past affect the present?Lightning said she believes that many of the issues Native Americans are struggling with today are a product of what has come out of their past.

“I believe that’s a direct result of several generations in a row having to go to Indian boarding schools,” she related. “They got out and there were no parenting skills, no relationship skills. It’s a really harsh environment to grow up in.”


Anonymous said...

Also posted this info on my forum earlier today. I'm a bit confused, though, since the article cited says the movie is just being filmed NOW, and I found a website link to a trailer with Georgina Lightning with a movie of the same name...hmmmmm

here's the link: http://www.tribalallianceprod.com

Rob said...

Maybe the trailer was a preliminary version of the movie. Maybe they filmed part of it but need to film the rest on location. Or maybe they revamped the premise and are starting over. (I suggest this possibility because I didn't see anything about boarding schools or an earthquake in the trailer.)

I hadn't heard of the Hiawatha Insane Asylum. It does sound bad, but it was the only institution of its kind. The boarding schools were bad because they were widespread and affected an entire generation or two.