ONEONTA, N.Y. -- As part of SUNY Oneonta's "Restoring Indigenous Presence: Opening the Door to Native Americans" program, filmmaker Andrea Sadler will present her documentary "The Sacred Run: the Lotus and the Feather" at the college on Thursday, September 8. The film is Sadler's first-hand account of a nearly 2,500-mile trek led by Native Americans along the Sea of Japan to promote world peace in 2003.
This free screening is open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. in the Craven Lounge at the Morris Conference Center on the college's campus.
Sacred Runs have their roots in ancient Native American cultures and were revived at a 1977 gathering of the Elders' Circle—comprised of Native American spiritual leaders—as a way to bring attention to the sacredness of all life and the balance between humankind and the earth. Since the first modern Sacred Run in 1978, runners have covered more than 33,000 miles across the North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
According to Sadler, her film "reflects indigenous people as keepers of profound spiritual knowledge." She calls "The Sacred Run" "an inspirational film, which reveals the spirit of the Run to further the message of peace and the importance of returning to a harmonious relationship with the earth and all living things."
Mohawk Elder Dr. Tom Porter will perform opening and closing blessings at the event. Porter, known as Sakokwenionkwas, which means "The One Who Wins," is the spokesman and chief spiritual leader of the Kanatsiohareke community in Fonda, New York.
"Opening Doors" is a yearlong series of events highlighting the contributions of contemporary Native Americans to the fields of education, literature, science, art, and film. Funded by a $10,000 SUNY Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant from the SUNY Office of Diversity and EducationalEquity, "Opening Doors" is designed to open a dialogue about restoring the presence of Native Americans to Oneonta and welcoming the diverse voices and perspectives of Native Americans to the SUNY Oneonta campus.
The programming provided through the grant is designed to foster a campus community that is deliberately inclusive of Native American participants, and that attracts, serves, and celebrates the potential of Native American students and faculty.