You may have heard of the National Indian Council on Aging’s (NICOA) new documentary series that begins production in 2021. This 15-film series being produced with Keystones Oral Histories, a fellow 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, will also develop a core curriculum for use in schools throughout the country. The first two films will focus on a national exploration of the American Indian people, with the remaining 13 episodes each focusing on the tribes of NICOA’s 13 regions — a close to home exploration.
This is a chance to tell your story for generations to come, and we want local elders involved. Please suggest someone from your tribe/region (or yourself) to be voluntarily interviewed or consulted on the history and lifestyles of the area.
Producers are looking for elders who exemplify and live the American Indian tradition and culture and who, through knowledge or personal experience, are willing to educate others through a documentary showing the true history and traditions of the tribes.
If you would like to suggest someone, forward their name, a brief background, why you feel they should participate / what they can offer the project, as well as their contact information to Dan Zalewski at firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggestions will be passed on to Keystone Oral Histories for review.
There are no guarantees of participation. Additionally, there is not a timeline as to when contact may be made to those selected as the series will take five to six years to complete. Thank you in advance for your assistance in bringing this project to life so we can further honor our elders, heed their teachings, and pass them on to future generations.