Native Lens invites Native and Indigenous storytellers to share their stories 

Native Lens

In this new initiative called Native Lens, you are the director and make the choice of where to focus your lens. The goal is that by distributing firsthand Native perspectives through the media, the visibility of tribal communities will increase as Native voices are amplified. 

Native Lens invites Native and Indigenous storytellers to share their stories 

You are invited to take part in a new collaborative storytelling project with Rocky Mountain Public Media and KSUT Tribal Radio: Native Lens. A new series featuring personal stories told by Native and/or Indigenous people, Native Lens will draw audiences around the region to hear about what matters to you. 

The topic is yours to choose as we welcome submissions from Native and/or Indigenous storytellers of all ages for your stories of love, grief, laughter, tradition, art, inspiration, inequity, how your life has changed because of COVID-19, or something else entirely. 

Two to five-minute mini-documentaries are what we are primarily looking for, but poetry, a song, an image  anything is fine, as long as it tells your story on video. 

We hope to share your vision on our public media platforms to ensure that you are seen and heard. We also look forward to the possibility of some stories being broadcast on Rocky Mountain PBS. 

 Participating is easy: 

  • Read the call for stories and content guidelines. 
  • Grab your phone or camera and record your story. 
  • Complete the submission form and upload your work 

Questions? Contact project coordinator Debbie Higgs at debbiehiggs@rmpbs.org or call 970-235-8707 if you have questions or need filming or uploading support. 

PARTNERS 

Rocky Mountain PBS 

Native Lens is led by Rocky Mountain PBS’ (RMPBS) Regional Innovation Center in Durango, Colo., based in the Ballantine Media Center at Fort Lewis College. The project supports RMPBS’ mission to ensure all Coloradans’ stories are seen and heard. 

KSUT Tribal Radio 

KSUT Tribal Radio was started in 1976 as a communication tool for the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council to provide information to tribal members. Today it’s a source of Native music, news, cultural programming and local tribal information. KSUT is an NPR affiliate station. 

SPONSORS 

The Colorado Health Foundation 

The Colorado Health Foundation believes health is a basic human right. We know that stories can help illustrate the far-reaching impact of health disparities and storytelling can play a unique role in advancing conversations about health equity. Learn more at coloradohealth.org 

Fort Lewis College 

Because of its unique origins as a military fort turned Indian boarding school turned state public school, Fort Lewis College and the State of Colorado provide a tuition waiver for qualified Native American students. Over 170 Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages are represented among FLC’s Indigenous students. 

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