A photo of Martha Graham dancing
About the image

Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

Native Cinema Showcase in New York: Warrior Women

Native Cinema Showcase in New York: Warrior Women
Warrior Women
(USA, 2018, 64 min.)
Directed by Christina D. King (Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma) and Elizabeth Castle

In the 1970s, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader, who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children—including her daughter Marcy—into the "We Will Remember" survival group. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. The film unveils not only a female perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness.

Preceded by:
Blood (and) Memory 2
(USA, 2018, 3 min.)
Director: Marcella Ernest (Bad River Band of Chippewa)

The constructions of Indigenous memory that fast forwards and rewinds and then stops to dance.

Yá’át’ééh Abíní/Good Morning
(USA, 2018, 10 min.)
Director: MorningStar Angeline (Navajo, Blackfoot and Mexican)
English and Navajo with English subtitles

in a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman struggles to come to terms with the legacy left to her after her father passes away from an unknown virus.

Emptying the Tank
(Canada, 2018, 10 min.)
Director: Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French)

A striking portrait of Chippewa mixed martial artist Ashley Nichols.

View the brochure including the full, detailed schedule here.

The Native Cinema Showcase is a celebration of the latest in Native film. Hosted in New York City for the first time, the showcase offers audiences a preview of what is to come at the Santa Fe Indian Market in August 2019. Featuring three days of screenings—including the award-winning dramatic feature SGaawaay K’uuna/Edge of the Knife (2018)—the museum’s showcase provides a unique forum to engage with Native filmmakers from across the Americas. 

Native Cinema Showcase in New York is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding provided by the James Simmons and Karen Rudolph Fidelity Charitable Fund and support from the Consulate General of Canada in New York.


After Five, Films


American Indian Museum


American Indian Museum Heye Center

Event Location



Free; seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Wheelchair accessible