Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Miguel Vargas as they talk with guests Roxanne Gould and Jim Rock about the upcoming Augsburg Native American Film Series: Where Condor Meets Eagle: Indigenous Bolivian and Native American Film Festival, a three-night celebration of Indigenous film, collaborations across national boundaries, and visual storytelling. Elise Marrubio and Sonia Davilla from Bolivia will also be with us. Included are films from Bolivia, Canada, and Minnesota. Some of the filmmakers from Bolivia will be present, all films in Spanish will be translated.
James Rock-(Dakota) Jim has a Masters degree in education and has taught astronomy, chemistry and physics for almost 30 years. He has taught courses in Native Skywatchers Astronomy and American Indian Philosophy at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Macalester and the University of Minnesota’s Indigenous Summer Science & Math Program called Andogiikendassowin/Wasdodyawacinpi(Seek To Know) in partnership with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Jim also works as an independent consultant and has worked for organizations such as NASA, NOAA, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Minnesota Planetarium Society and Dakota Wicohan.
Roxanne Gould is Odawa/Ojibwe and currently teaches at Augsburg College. She works as an independent consultant for several nonprofit organizations. When she was a Bush and Kellogg Leadership fellow - she began research and work with Indigenous peoples and leaders in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, Sweden, Norway, China, New Zealand, Mexico, Bolivia and Canada. Gould is also co-founder of the Sharing the Dream/Indigenous Women's Exchange, a community development project in Guatemala. Her passion to create Indigenous global alliances also opened doors to organize exchanges and to co-lead a faculty development program to Namibia.
Sonia Dávila Poblete began her professional experience through the Center for Research and Promotion of Peasants (CIPCA) as a member of the non-formal education team; in 1982, she became Director of CIPCA La Paz. Her experience with water rights started in 1983 in the Bolivian Highlands when the "El Niño" phenomenon caused one of the worst droughts in the history of Bolivia. In 1992, she joined the Mexican Water Technology Institute (IMTA), and in 1999 was invited to be part of the Technical Advisers Committee (TEC) to the Global Water Partnership (GWP). Since 2005, Sonia works as consultant and advisor to social organizations interested in the care and preservation of natural resources.
Elise Marubbio is an Associate Professor at Augsburg College. Marrubio received her B.F.A in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She worked as a photographer in Cleveland before moving to Tucson to study American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. She then combined her M.A. in Native American Literature with her passion for art by pursuing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with a focus on the issues of race in film and media. Her scholarship to date analyzes the representation of Native Americans in American popular culture and Hollywood cinema.