A Program of Native American Film and Theater

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September 11 - 26

The fifth annual Two Worlds program features a weekend screening of short films and two weekends of a staged reading. The theme of Two Worlds, reflected in this fall's play and films, is the struggle faced by many in the American Indian community– modern modes vs. traditional ways, urban life vs. life on the reservation, the material world vs. the spiritual. All plays and films in the Two Worlds program are created by Native American writers, directors, producers, actors and crew members.

To learn more about the Two Worlds program contact Kim Gleason at or 505-345-2872 x 22

Two Worlds Fall 2010: War Paint - Staged Reading
Written by Bret Jones, Directed by Kim Gleason

Two Worlds: War Paint

September 18, 19, 25, 26
Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 2pm


War Paint is set in modern-day Muskogee, Okla., near Bacone University. College student Christina Yahola, half Creek Indian and half white, is determined to prove herself in college, but a class assignment to delve into her Native heritage alienates others and tests her family’s patience.

Playwright Bret Jones of the Creek Nation is director of theater at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He is a novelist, screenwriter and lyricist as well as a playwright. War Paint and Kindred, another of Jones’ plays, have won the Garrard Playwriting Award sponsored by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee.

Kim Delfina Gleason, who is Navajo, coordinates the Two Worlds program and is the director of War Paint. She teaches theater, music, dance and Native American art at the North Fourth Art Center and is a veteran of the Two Worlds program.

photo: War Paint, NACA collaborative exhibit with VSA AmeriCorps 2010


Photographs by students at the Native American Community Academy (NACA)

untitled composite; NACA photography 2010

untitled composite; NACA photography 2010

Exhibit runs August 6 – September 19, 2010

Reception to meet the Artists: Friday, August 6, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm

Free admission


Students at the Native American Community Academy (NACA) teamed with VSA AmeriCorps volunteers and created a series of photographs for a third year of collaboration. VSA AmeriCorps volunteers Stephanie Graner and Dusty Conley spent five months teaching drawing, graffiti, and photography techniques to middle school-aged students at NACA. The photographs selected for the exhibition focus on the dramas of being in middle school. The three series are riddled with playful images, some staged and others candid. The portrait series plays with the idea of “War Paint,” using projected drawings as a light source, the result being a suite of stunning, color-splashed images. The next series portrays the landscape and physical space of NACA while also exposing the playful and/or moody nature of teenagers. The third series displays masculinity and proving one’s manliness during the developmental years. These colorful and vibrant photographs, taken by students, offer an intimate glimpse into the daily life at NACA.

Two Worlds Films
A Weekend of Native American Short Films

Two Worlds Film

September 11-12
Saturday, 7pm


Jules (U.S.) Written and Directed by Carey Tully, 2009, 9:40 min.
Creative Spirit Behind-the-Scenes (U.S.) Produced by Inter Tribal Entertainment, 2010, 6min
Pow Wow Dreams (U.S.) Written and Directed by Princess Lucaj, 2006, 9 min.
He Can’t Be Caught (U.S.) Written by Clementine Bordeaux, Directed by James Lujan, 2006, 13 min. (Remastered)
Ancestor Eyes (U.S.) Written and Directed by Kalani Queypo, 2008, 19 min.
Indios Primeros (U.S.) Written by Roberto A. Jackson, Directed by Roberto Jackson and Two Worlds Creative Spirit New Mexico Class of 2009, 2009, 18 min.
Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco (U.S.) Written and Directed by Steven Judd, 2010, 15 min.

Sunday, 2pm


NDN General Clinic (U.S.) Written and Directed by Jan Woomovoyah, 2005, 9 min
Creative Spirit Behind-the-Scenes (U.S.)Produced by Inter Tribal Entertainment, 2010, 6 min.
Edgar’s Journey (U.S.) Story by Rhett Lynch. Written and directed by Two Worlds Creative Spirit New Mexico Class of 2008, 2008,15 min.
Two Spirits, One Journey (U.S.) Written by Shawn Imitates Dog, Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman and Chad Richmen, 2007, 18 min.
The Migration (U.S.) Written by Cody Harjo, Directed by Sydney Freeland, 2008, 10 min.
Liminality (U.S.) Written by Migizi Pensoneau, Directed by James Lujan, 2008, 13 min.
Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco (U.S.) Written and Directed by Steven Judd, 2010, 15 min.

Photo: Search for the World's Best Indian Taco


RAIN DANCE by Terry Gomez

Two Worlds Image: Kim Gleason

June 20, 27
Sundays 2pm

Free Admission


A staged reading of romance, mystery and dark intrigue in a tale of Comanche tradition presented by VSA North Fourth Art Center's Two Worlds program of Native American theater, film and other contemporary arts.


KAHA:WI (excerpts), A CONSTELLATION OF BONES, HERE ON EARTH (excerpts) Choreographed by Santee Smith and Performed by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Ontario, Canada) • A Co-presentation of Global DanceFest and Two Worlds

Global Dancefest Image

April 16, 17
Friday & Saturday, 8pm


Profound and beautiful work bridging traditional and contemporary Iroquoian dance and song.

Visit the Kaha:wi company website






World Premiere choreographed by Rulan Tangen, Performed by Dancing Earth

February 6 & 7
Saturday, 8pm • Sunday, 2pm

A passionate exploration of the intersections of ritual, culture and ecology

Visit the Dancing Earth website



The theme of the Two Worlds program is rooted in the struggle faced by many in the American Indian community – modern modes vs. traditional ways, urban life vs. life on the reservation, the earthly vs. the spiritual.

WORLD PREMIERE OF PLAY LITTLE BIG HORN. Sept 18-19, 25-26 & Oct 2-3, 8pm $12 general, $8 students/seniors tw-sm-01

Old West meets Middle East in the world premiere of Cherokee playwright Alan Kilpatrick’s edgy, rollicking farce Little Big Horn. Kilpatrick’s outrageous comedy shifts swiftly from the American frontier of 1876 to an American embassy in the Middle East of the 21st century, as it explores, with tongue firmly in cheek, American foreign policy and the ways we view cultures different from our own. Little Big Horn was selected for production following a 2008 call for new plays by Native writers in the United States and Canada.


Emerging screenwriter Roberto A. Jackson’s short film Indios Primeros is the tale of a good-hearted Native American ne’er do well, who, in a spontaneous act of courage, assists an illegal Mexican immigrant family. The two worlds of Native Americans and Mexican immigrants find common ground prior to a showdown with illegal border guards. Indios Primeros was selected from among 24 screenplays submitted by Native writers. During the premiere screening, Jackson’s film will be accompanied by a program of film shorts by other Native American moviemakers.


Working with gels, prisms and the limitless possibility of imagination, students at the Native American Community Academy (NACA) teamed with AmeriCorps volunteers to produce experimental images on slides which were projected onto textures – parking lot surfaces, fabrics, human hair. The results, photographed by the students, make up the experimental images that are part of the Two Worlds exhibit, a project that challenged the students to experiment with the manipulation of images and develop lasting professional skills.


Work by Indios Primeros screenwriter Roberto A. Jackson completes the exhibit with photographs of the harsh but beautiful landscape of the Gila Indian River Community in Arizona. For Jackson, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Arizona State University, these views “explore how my Tribe's relation to the land has changed in the years since the river was taken from us.”


Two Worlds Film Edgar’s Journey (2008) has been well-received at film festivals throughout the Southwest. Two Worlds’ most vital mission is education and workforce training designed to prepare Native Americans in New Mexico for opportunities in the state’s expanding film industry, as well as providing them with the skills necessary to promote their tribes’ arts and culture or archive the traditions and stories of their people. This is accomplished not only through the Two Worlds filmmaking workshops, in which Native American participants make a short film, but also through Two Worlds’ photography and theater programs which provide valuable preparation for work in the film industry.

For reservations/information call 505-344-4542