Film Adds Insight to Tribal Sovereignty

Photo of canes courtesy of Silver Bullet Productions

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe) will be screening the award-

winning documentary, “Canes of Power,” on Sunday, January 19 at 1 p.m. “Canes of Power,” narrated by Cherokee actor Wes Studi — a recent Academy Award recipient — is the story of President Abraham Lincoln’s gift of engraved wood canes to each of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo nations. The canes symbolized the recognition of tribal sovereignty at the very same time 13 Southern states were seeking their own sovereignty (in the form of succession) from the United States. The screening coincides with the transition of leadership in New Mexico’s Pueblos. For details, visit (Photo of canes courtesy of Silver Bullet Productions).

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