On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
The United Nations Department of Public Information and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Division of Social Policy and Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs screened two films to pay tribute to the indigenous peoples living in cities far from their ancestral homes
To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey
(Reaghan Tarbell, Canada, 2009, 55 min, English)
(Doris Loayza, USA, 2016, 5 min, Spanish / Kichwa with English subtitles)
The screening took place on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 from 6:15 – 8:00 p.m. in Conference Room 4
United Nations Headquarters, New York
“To Brooklyn and Back” tells the story of Mohawk women and their role in sustaining a vibrant community in Brooklyn while Mohawk workers were helping build Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers in the 1920s to 1960s.
Set decades later, “Bronx Llaktamanta” follows Segundo Angamarca from Ecuador, who runs a Kichwa language radio station two blocks from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The screenings will be followed by a discussion about indigenous peoples’ identity, cultural survival and contributions to the world’s cities – in celebration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
the screening was followed by a Q&A with:
Reaghan Tarbell, film maker, director of “To Brooklyn and Back” (Mohawk, Canada)
Doris Loayza, cultural producer, educator, producer of “Bronx Llaktamanta” (Quechua, Peru)
Segundo Angamarca, founder of Radio Tambo Stereo (Kichwa Kañari , Ecuador)