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Film Independent, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA 90036-5679)
Colin Rosemont (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Nihunavea: My Heart, My Center

Development of a ninety-minute documentary film on the Tejon Tribe of California’s struggle to reclaim sovereignty and revitalize their native language.

Nihunavea is a feature-length documentary film (co-directed by Sandra Hernandez and Colin Rosemont) bearing witness to the complex struggles of reclaiming Native California Indian cultural heritage, spirituality, and Tribal Sovereignty. Set shortly after the Tejon Indian Tribe’s decades-long struggle for sovereignty through Federal Reaffirmation, Sandra Hernandez—an enrolled member and elected official of the Tejon Indian Tribe—forges a path through government agencies, museum institutions, & academia as she works to revitalize the Kitanemuk language, repatriate artifacts, and strengthen the foundational core of her Native identity: family & community. This is a story of reasserting tribal sovereignty and reclaiming cultural heritage in the face of a historical legacy of dispossession.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2022