KSUT and Rocky Mountain PBS launch Native Lens

11-year-old Andreita Gonzales reflects on the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual school, and love for her Pueblo in her first video submission to Native Lens.
courtesy Andreita Gonzales

KSUT Tribal Radio, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS are excited to present the launch of Native Lens, featuring submissions from three Native Storytellers, with many more to come.

At age 11, Andreita Gonzales makes her directorial debut. She lets her age be a driving factor to learn as much as she can about the world around her and beyond. She wanted to show everyone that no matter what age you are, you can accomplish great goals, and it can be “pretty fun” too.

Caring for her garden and ducks, and hosting drive-through Feast Days are some of many ways Andreita honors her family and Pueblo through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Andreita’s episode for Native Lens reminds us we can learn from people of all ages – and gives insight about how she sees the world during pandemic times. Her artistic voice is shaped by the skies, mountains, mesa and clay earth around her home in San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Gonzales said, “I would like people to make their own videos for Native Lens and talk about the pandemic” so that she can learn about different tribal communities and their resilience during these times, too. “I wanted to share my story with the world, and for everyone to be safe” she said.

Many Native communities are disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. For Pueblo communities many Feast Days, dances and ceremonies have been affected, leaving families to celebrate these important days socially distanced. Gonzales chose to make her submission about the Santa Clara Pueblo Feast Day, which neighbors San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Be seen and heard. Are you Native or Indigenous, with a story to tell? KSUT Tribal Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS hope you’ll join the Native Lens project. Learn more online at www.rmpbs.org/nativelens. The video shows you what to do. Please share and participate.

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