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INDIGISTORY

Gordon D. Henry, College of Arts and Letters
John W. Norder, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Social Science
Christie M. Poitra, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan
Michigan History Center
 
Indigistory was created in 2012 as a platform for Native American youth, community members from the Bay Mills Indian community, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. The program provides a digital platform, support and resources for Native youth to share their digital stories about their families, tribal histories, cultures, languages, and lifestyles with Native and non-Native audiences. The Indigistory project offers an annual film camp held at Michigan State University for Native American middle and high school students, the Native American Youth Film Institute (NAYFI), where students have created over 40 films featured in eight festivals around Michigan.
 
The program is interdisciplinary, with a range of collaborative community partners who share in the decision-making and leadership of the project. Community partners included Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, and Michigan History Center. MSU partners included Native American Institute, College of Arts and Letters, and HUB for Innovation Learning and Technology. Funding received from the Michigan Humanities Council has allowed for the workshops and NAYFI to be offered at no cost, giving youth the opportunity to collaborate with their peers, experience filmmaking, and be exposed to a higher educational setting for an extended period of time. In addition, the films made by the students are shown in film festivals that are free and open to the public, exposing non-Native audiences to new perspectives.