Afro Native Narratives, a documentary film on Black Native Identity

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Afro Native Narratives is an interactive documentary film project by Macha Rose, Michael Santiago and Adrian Heckstall in partnership with I Love Ancestry. The goal of this project is to highlight the Afro Indigenous experience in contemporary America. Usually left to a few pages in history books, this is an identity that is generally overlooked and highly controversial. Some of the themes of this project are the tribal rolls, and DNA testing as a basis of heritage, as well as who and how culture is defined.

The project is primarily video and written interviews conducted all over North America. This includes Canadian & Central American Indigenous tribes because assigning an American border to North American tribes is completely arbitrary to Indigenous identity, and would discount the experiences of thousands of people with shared backgrounds. Subscribe to Afro Native TV on YouTube for upcoming videos about our documentary film.

 Are you of African and Indigenous descent? Want to be part of our documentary film Afro Native Narratives? We value your voice and would love to include you in our documentary film. Fill out the form

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Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible, the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry.

Afro Native American people are all around us. Some identify primarily with a Native nation. Some identify primarily with the African American community. All of them hold the human desire for being and belonging.

There is a shortage of programs and resources available in the United States to meet the community needs for people of African and Native American heritage.

There is a large amount of people of color who have experienced loss of cultural identity, with no knowledge of their past history, origin and culture often due to the historical trauma which has been passed on from generation to generation.

Many people of color were stripped of their heritage and culture in the 20th century by “Paper Genocide”, a racial reclassification to a single race by the U.S. Government.

People whose lives cross racial lines in America today have found difficulty in gaining full acceptance from the society in which they live. This situation has often been true for African-Native American people, because their blended identities challenge the rules of race and racial categorization.

Faced with centuries of government policies and laws that systematically oppressed and excluded people of color, Afro Native Americans came together to find creative and effective ways to fight back.

They established new blended communities that drew strength from sharing traditions and philosophies. And, for more than 500 years, with their music, dance, craft, and food, African-Native American people developed deeply rich cultural expressions that made an indelible mark on American life.

 Are you of African and Indigenous descent? Want to be part of our documentary film Afro Native Narratives? We value your voice and would love to include you in our documentary film. Fill out the form

Note: African Native American or Afro Native? People who call themselves “Black Indians” are people living in America of African-American descent, with significant heritage of Native American Indian ancestry, and with strong connections to Indian Country and its Native American Indian culture, social, and historical traditions. Black Indians are also called African Native American people, Black American Indians, Black Native Americans and Afro Native Americans.

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Afro Native Narratives is an interactive documentary film project by Macha RoseMichael Santiago and Adrian Heckstall in partnership with I Love Ancestry. that explore and assist in the preservation of Afro Native Identity through the mediums of portrait photography and video documentary. Credits: Macha Rose – Director/Producer – Michael Santiago – Photographer/Producer – Adrian Heckstall – Producer

I Love Ancestry is a global issue advocacy campaign that explores identity, diversity, heritage and culture, highlighting the experiences of marginalized people and Indigenous communities around the world.

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