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The Questions Behind “Who Are My People?”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I just had an interesting conversation with John Boyd, the Associate Producer of “Who Are My People?” He is a Native American, whose ancestral roots go deep into the Northwest via his Elwha Klallam/Arrow Lakes ancesors, but John  tells me the film he has co-written is not about “Indians” though several Native American elders and communities are the film’s subjects. “It could just as easily have described the disappearance of so many middle class homes from Muncie, Indiana – where Boyd taught English at the University – or the present confrontation between the inhabitants of Boulevard and the industrial scale wind farms that threaten to encircle it. The central questions revolve around what is truly important: The success of big corporations? Or clean air; the environment and ordinary people? What does all this have to with me? What is sacred? Who are my People? Continue reading The Questions Behind “Who Are My People?”