VICELAND’s RISE, coming off of its recent showing at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and hosted by indigenous women Michelle Latimer and Sarain Fox, premieres Friday, January 27th at 9PM ET on the cutting edge cable network, VICELAND.
The eight-episode series, in which Latimer and Fox travel to Indigenous communities across Turtle Island to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization, starts its premiere by chronicling the never-before-seen scenes of the historic Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the still-developing aftermath now that the cameras and celebrities have left.
VICELAND´S RISE Photo Gallery
The first three episodes are slotted to show on VICELAND each Friday.
In this episode, VICELAND’s RISE travels to Apache Territory, where Indigenous nations in the heart of the American southwest are taking a stand to protect the last of their sacred ground.
Over a century ago, the Apache from the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona community was forcibly relocated and made to walk hundreds of miles to a reservation known as “Hell’s Hole Forty.” In 2015, Oak Flat, a nationally-protected sacred site, was handed over to a subsidiary of the world’s largest mining company, Rio Tinto. In response, the Apache have been building a network of resistance with neighboring tribes to include the Navajo, Yuma and Hopi.
In this episode, VICELAND’S RISE heads to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to meet the Lakota and Dakota youth joining forces to protect their sacred water from the ‘black snake’ set to invade their ancestral homeland.
The people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation of North and South Dakota are fighting to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. The Dakota Access Pipeline would snake its way across four states, bisecting sacred Indigenous sites and burial grounds along the route. The tribe fears that a leak could contaminate the Missouri River and spell disaster for the Great Sioux Nation. But water protectors are standing up in unprecedented numbers to preserve their way of life for future generations and to defend their sacred water.
Red Power: Standing Rock Part II
In this episode, VICELAND’S RISE delves into the evolution of the Red Power Movement.
Indigenous youth from all over North America are taking part in rewriting history. This generation of people who grew up hearing their parent’s stories of occupation— from Wounded Knee to Alcatraz— are fighting this battle 21st century style. Young women and two spirited youth lead the charge and technology is imperative.
Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) is a Toronto filmmaker, actress, and activist. Her director credits include Choke, The Underground, Nimmikaage, and the documentary Alias. Latimer is currently adapting the bestselling novel, The Inconvenient Indian.
Sarain Fox (Anishinabe) has worked on several major projects: she was cast as Sacheen Little Feather in The Andy Warhol Interview Project, which debuted at the Vienna Film Festival in June 2007 and was involved in the ARG re-release of the CBS TV drama Jericho. Fox is also a professional dancer and fashion model and can be seen on the front cover of PIE, Redskin and Spirit magazines.
A free download of the VICELAND’S RISE featured track “Pow Wow Carnival feat. Little Creek Singers” by DJ Shub
Additionally, DJ Shub, the producer formerly with A Tribe Called Red, is making his “Pow Wow Carnival, featuring Little Creek Singers” track – which is featured in the RISE episode series and in the trailer on VICELAND – available for free download and streaming alongside the television premiere from the djshub.ca website beginning Friday, January 27th.
DJ Shub, (Six Nations Mohawk) formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a award-winning DJ and music producer with JUNO and Aboriginal People’s Choice Music awards and much more.
DJ Shub parted ways with A Tribe Called Red in 2014, and their most popular single, Electric Pow Wow Drum, has over 1.6 million streams on SoundCloud.
DJ Shub hired the Little Creek Singers to perform the vocals for this song. The Little Creek Singers are Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Cree, and Algonquin singers who joined forces in 2012 to promote pow wow music and protocol to younger generations of Indigenous folks across Turtle Island.
The artwork for the single was created by Jay Soule and references the Tree of Peace, which serves as a symbol of the unity of the Nations of the Haudenosaunee confederacy.