Today and tomorrow, the University of Alabama will host its first-ever Native American Film Festival. Moundville Archaeological Park is partnering with the university to celebrate Native American Heritage Month on campus.
The festival will take place at the Student Center Theater from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will feature films from indigenous tribes including the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muskogee and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Cultural resources investigator Clay Nelson said he hopes the festival inspires students and Indigenous residents to remember that their voices matter.
“I think it’s really important that people can see people who look like them or have similar backgrounds,” he said, “so they know they’re still a part of everything. what’s going on, that their stories, their images and their ideals are portrayed in the general public as much as anyone else.
Nelson said he hopes festival-goers recognize that Indigenous history and heritage shouldn’t just be celebrated this month.
“I think we should try to remember Native American heritage as part of American history and world history all the time,” he said. “We shouldn’t just put it down to a month. I think having that month where we can kind of start focusing on that for a minute is a good place to start.
The festival is free and no pre-registration is required. Masking is recommended.