Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit 2022


Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th
Tickets: FREE!

HPAC is pleased to host the third annual Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit. This years Summit focuses on film the films Warrior Women and Powerlands. These are followed by a hybrid panel & Q&A after the Saturday night screening. The Panel will include Powerlands Filmmaker Ivy Camille and Warrior Women’s featured activists Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcella Gilbert. The Summit concludes with a celebration through a live performance by the Akwesasne Women Singers and a meet and greet at the Tango Café. On view in Gallery222 is the work of Althena LaTocha, La Bajada Red earth on paper 30 x 8.6 feet.

Summit Schedule:

Friday October 7th

1:00-7pm: Athena LaTocha Exhibit (Gallery222)
7:30    Film Screening:     Warrior Women   (64 Mins)

Saturday October 8th
3:30    Film Screening:     Warrior Women   (64 Mins)

5:00    Film Screening:     Powerlands   (75 Mins)

6:30    Filmmakers + Artists Panel  & Akwesasne Women Singers

7:30    Meet the Artists at the Tango Café


This event is made possible by an Action Grant from Humanities New York. Humanities New York encourages critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena through grants, programs, networking and advocacy. Visit to learn more.


In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families.

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists’ children – including her daughter Marcy – into the “We Will Remember” Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values.

Director/Producer: CHRISTINA D. KING
Director/Producer: ELIZABETH A. CASTLE


POWERLANDS   (Trailer)

A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents.

Editor: TIM TSAI


Bear Fox, Elizabeth Nanticoke, Iawentas Nanticoke, Tekonwakwenni Nanticoke
Akwesasne Women Singers/ Kontiwennenhá:wi, which is translated as Carriers of the Words, is a women’s singing group that originated from the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. Kontiwennenhá:wi is made up of young women, mothers, aunties and grandmothers, who all work full time as teachers, social workers, students, and retirees.


Athena LaTocha (b. Anchorage, Alaska) is an artist whose massive works on paper explore the relationship between human-made and natural worlds, in the wake of Earthworks artists from the 1960s and 1970s. The artist incorporates materials such as ink, lead, earth and wood, while looking at correlations between mark-marking and displacement of materials made by industrial equipment and natural events. Her works are inspired by her upbringing in the wilderness of Alaska. LaTocha’s process is about being immersed in these environments, while responding to the storied and, at times, traumatic cultural histories that are rooted in place. She is Lakota and Ojibwe from the Northern Plains on her mothers side and reside in New York.


Indigenous Youth for Cultrual Survival / Madonna Thunder Hawk, Marc Gilbert

Directed by

Ivey Camilee Manybeads Tso / Christina D. King & Elizabeth a. Castle

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