Indians Never Die
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Evan James Benally Atwood | Music Video
United States | 2019 | 4 min
Friday, October 25, 2019 | 10:30am
Shorts Program: Perceptions
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Indians Never Die is a call out to colonisers and those who don’t respect the Earth; they don’t care about the water, they don’t care about how they are destroying what is around them. Indigenous people are the protectors of this land. Written in the wake of the stand-off at Standing Rock, it’s a calm-sounding song that has a lot of anger and frustration behind it. “Our treaty rights weren’t being honored,” Paul said in a statement, “Imagine hearing on the news that the government doesn’t support you as a human being and never has. Indians never die because this is our land that we will forever protect in the present and the afterlife.” Filmed on the ancestral lands of the Chinook, Chinnuk Wawa, and Tillamook tribes, Indians Never Die immerses you into the pacific northwest coast following KP (aka Black Belt Eagle Scout) performing her song to the land. In the video, we see KP in traditional Swinomish and Iñupiaq regalia.
Evan James Benally Atwood is a queer Diné photographer who is passionate about working within the queer, Indigenous feminist communities, documenting stories that need to be heard, and uplifting marginalised voices.