Tempo - - COVER STORY -

WCom­men­tary by Rick Romancito

e’re still here.

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

(575) 758-9826


FILM­MAKER Diane Reyna

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