WCommentary by Rick Romancito
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Despite still-pervasive stereotypes, persistent racism and a willful ignorance of history, Pueblo Indians are still alive and well. But, today, there’s a difference.
In 1992, the United States was poised to celebrate the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus’ dubious “discovery” of the New World. Then, along came a documentary out of KNME-TV Channel 5 (now New Mexico PBS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts that put a significant damper on that specious event.
It was a film called “Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People.” It was directed by Diane Reyna of Taos Pueblo, a daughter of the late Bataan Death March survivor Tony Reyna. It was so significant it was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, which honors the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television and radio.
Now, “Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People” is being screened Saturday (April 28), 2 p.m., in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. Director Diane Saturday (April 28), 2 p.m. Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street Admission free to museum members.
Free with admission to the public
FILMMAKER Diane Reyna