“Stories Lead us Home": Short Films from the Pacific to the Arctic   - New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ada Blackjack Rising, photo by Michael Conti
Ada Blackjack Rising, photo by Michael Conti

Friday, September 6, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Tickets are $10 for Members or $20 for General Public
Presented in conjunction with the First Fridays program on the same date. This ticket is valid for both programs. 

"Stories Lead Us Home": Short Films from the Pacific to the Arctic

Friday, September 6, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Tickets are $10 for Members or $20 for General Public

Join us on Friday, September 6 at 6:00 PM in the Cook Memorial Theater for a series of short films, featuring stories from the Pacific to the Arctic. The total runtime for these films is approximately 90 minutes, followed by a 20-30 minute panel discussion with Q&A.

This film series is presented in conversation with the New Bedford Whaling Museum's Wider World and Scrimshaw exhibition, on view from June 14 through November 11, 2024.


Ada Blackjack Rising - 6 min
Directed by Brice Habeger

In the pre-dawn twilight of an Alaskan shore, a young Native woman reflects on the story of Ada Blackjack, the sole survivor of a disastrous 1921 Arctic expedition, and the loneliness she must have felt waiting for a rescue through the months-long polar night.

Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa (We Will Walk the Trail of our Ancestors) - 6 min
Directed by Princess Daazhraii Johnson

A Gwich'in grandfather teaches his granddaughter how reciprocity is embedded in our lives. The northern lights warm the caribou; they feed and sustain us; we honor the connections, bringing new meaning and wishes for the next generation.

Now is the Time - 16 min
Directed by Christopher Auchter

When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he carved the first new totem pole on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969, when the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.

Nunavut Animation Lab: Lumaajuuq - 8 min
Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Animated short tells the story of a woman who blinds and mistreats her son, a loon that restores his vision, and the act of revenge which turns her into a narwahl.

Kapaemahu - 8 min
Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach - and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them.

Ke Kahea: An Invitation Into Sacred Space - 19 min
Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

After receiving a kahea (calling) from ancestral lineages on Maui to create kapa for unearthed iwi kūpuna (skeletal remains), cultural practitioner Aʻiaʻi Bello extended the calling to her circle of women in the community.