“It is important to us that ᎤᏕᏲᏅ includes the perspectives of western and eastern Giduwa (Cherokee) people. Although our communities are separated by distance, our collaboration on this film offers a balanced perspective of what reciprocity means to our people and how it’s actualized in our lives.”
– Brit Hensel, director, 4th World Media Lab Fellow, 2022 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and works on the series Reservation Dogs on FX
ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught) explores expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first language speaker. The film circles the intersection of tradition, language, land, and a commitment to maintaining balance.
Review: A beautiful piece of poetry which simply encourages settlers to appreciate those living things that have been here far longer than us. We are encouraged as guests, to reflect upon the earth and consider how we may respect it with an open heart and mind. “What They’ve Been Taught” is a film festival must see. Meditative. Serene.
Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 5/5