THE 2020 AWAKENING BILLINGS
Partners and Presenters
THE 2020 AWAKENING BILLINGS HOME INDIGENOUS FILMS & FILMMAKER'S PANEL ROBERT HALL/BLOOD QUANTUM MMIP COMMUNITY GATHERING REDress EXHIBIT SEEING PATTERNS EXHIBITION COMMUNITY GROVE INTERTRIBAL COMMUNITY PARK RELATED EVENTS
Shane de Leon is an artist, musician, activist, traveller, and owner of Billings art gallery, Kirk's Grocery. De Leon strives to balance conceptual, visual, and social art in his practice. His current show Social Glue is up at 4ZERO7 Gallery in Billings, MT. His bands Rollerball, Miss Massive Snowflake, and Shane de Leon Trio have taken him to most states and over 20 countries. People and how they relate to their past, themselves, and the future is considered in Shane's work whether it be booking bands, watercoloring, writing songs, or collaging old handwritten letters. The experience of art is in every moment we perceive if we are perceiving it correctly.
Role: Owner of Kirk's Grocery, venue for Seeing Patterns Exhibition
Robert Hall is a Piikuni who isn’t enrolled in his tribe due to outdated methods of tribal membership rooted in scientific racism. His parents are Victor Hall and Olivia K. Davis. He grew up on the Blackfeet Rez and went to Browning Public Schools from K-12 where he is now employees as the Blackfeet Studies Coordinator. He is passionate about learning his heritage language and find himself blessed to have been taken in as a little brother by William Big Bull, who is a fluent Blackfoot speaker and Robert’s primary language teacher. Together, along with his cousin Sterling Schildt, they created a non-profit called āasāisstto Language Society. āasāisstto is focused on languages revitalization and promotes literacy within the Blackfoot Language using a very powerful writing system that was developed by William Big Bull.
Robert is also known as a friend of Rez Dogs.
Role: Interviewed by Adrian L Jawort and Russell Rowland about Blood Quantum for Native American Race Relations & Healing Series
Adrian L. Jawort is a Northern Cheyenne Two Spirit (Hemaneh) fiction writer and journalist who resides in Billings, Montana.
Role: Co-founder of Native American Race Relations & Healing Series and interviewer with Robert Hall about Blood Quantum.
Kirk's Grocery, established in 2018 by artist/musician Shane de Leon, is an art gallery and all ages performance space dedicated to showing contemporary art from local, regional, national, and international artists. Its philosophy of giving unusual art a platform extends to the performance space where Kirks’ hosts DIY all ages shows and events featuring everything from spoken word poetry to experimental musical performances and DIY touring musicians along with independent film and documentaries. It is located in the original Kirk's Grocery location on Minnesota Avenue in the historic Old Town area of Billings, Montana.
Kirks’ is a community oriented center for all ages and abilities and is dedicated to building a community cultural scene based around art, music, and poetry modeled off of the many European punk collectives that Shane has performed at and visited over the years.
Role: Venue for Seeing Patterns Exhibition
Brian Murnion is a movie producer, director, and co-founder of the Montana International Film Festival. In 2017, Brian and long-time creative collaborator Ryan Kabeary founded the Montana International Film Festival to help build and nurture a film community in Billings. Brian is currently in pre-production and development on two short films and writing his second feature-length screenplay. He and his wife now have three children who are all named after arthouse movie directors.
Role: Co-founder of the Montana International Film Festival and its Indigenous Voices Films and Indigenous Filmmaker's Panel .
NATIVE AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT CENTER
Montana State University Billings
We provide individualized support in a caring and professional environment that respects and values our Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and all who identify as Indigenous students.
• Academic, Financial, Personal, and Cultural guidance
• Mentor support
• Connections to campus and off-campus resources
• Virtual Cultural Events & Activities (Fall Term 2020)
• Inter-Tribal Club
• Free Faxing
• Computers connected to a printer *Limited pages
• And many more…
On Campus Site, 2630 Normal Ave
City College Site Tech Building, room B008
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Russell Rowland is the author of five novels, as well as 56 Counties: A Montana Journey, which is now also a radio show on NPR. He and Adrian Jawort founded the Native American Race Relations and Healing Lecture Series in Billings, Montana in 2017. He has a MA in Creative Writing from Boston University.
Role: Co-founder of Native American Race Relations & Healing Series and interviewer with Robert Hall about Blood Quantum