Join us at our Christmas Luncheon for "Revisionist Westerns and the Importance of First Nations to Alberta's Film History: A Stoney Nakoda Perspective"; a co-presentation by film historian/author Mary Graham and Nakoda Elder(s) from the Stoney Film Project. The Stoney Nakoda have played a major role in Alberta film-making since at least 1917, when the first Best Director Oscar winner (1929) Frank Borzage shot part of his Northwest 'meller (an Alberta specific sub-genre of the Western) on their reserve at Morley as a very young filmmaker. Since then, more than 50 films - many of them major and by some of the most prominent directors of the last century - have featured Nakoda casts, wranglers, mountain guides, location scouts, and filming locations on their reserves. For the past five years, Graham and ten Elders from all three bands have worked together to recapture this film history. Their presentation centres around perhaps the most important revisionist western of all time, Little Big Man (dir. Arthur Penn, 1970), which was partially filmed at Morley, and is structured in the manner preferred by the Nakoda, with Graham giving a talk and an Elder from the film project responding to her.
The luncheon will be held on December 11 at the Danish Canadian Club, 727 11 Ave S.W. Doors open at 11:00 am, with a buffet luncheon at 11:30 am followed by the presentation. Please note the Club is participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program. Attendees must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID rapid or lab based PCR test (privately paid for not AHS or Precision Lab) within 72 hours of the event and Government issued ID. At this point, masks will be required to be worn at the buffet and while moving around the banquet room.
Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Cash, Cheque and credit card accepted. Tickets must be booked in advance by December 4 and will not be available at the door. To reserve your ticket please call Sarah Harvey at 403 404 8717 or email her at email@example.com.
September 14 | 7:00pm
Calgary Central Library, Patricia A Whelan Performance Hall
Fort Calgary has a complicated history because it ushered colonialism into what we call Calgary today. This session will explore insights about decolonization by pondering ways to reckon with Fort Calgary’s past, and how we can collectively step into new stories.
This program will be available both in-person and virtually.
In partnership with Fort Calgary and the Chinook Country Historical Society.
October 19 | 7:00pm
Peter Peller, Librarian, University of Calgary
Come explore the cartographic history of southern Alberta from the first explorers to the beginnings of the modern era and discover how to access the related maps. Along the way, listen to the narrative describing their creation and learn about the interesting ways that researchers are using the information within them to tell their own stories.
November 9 | 7:00pm
Join a conversation about the evolution of how our community has, and is, supporting the physical and mental health of Canadian Forces members, veterans, and emergency service personnel.
Led by Jordan Witzel, UCalgary, and Board Member Field of Crosses. In Partnership with CCHS.