At SXSW on Sunday: Locally produced documentary raises indigenous voices for Texas

The public is invited to join SXSW badge holders at a free screening of the trailer for the upcoming feature-length documentary Keep the Fire Lit: Lost Tribes of Texas on Sunday, March 12th 2017 at 10:30AM at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center.

 

 

About the Film

Keep The Fire Lit: Lost Tribes of Texas promises to expose a glimpse of the true cultural history of Texas. Six hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors that heralded their demise, descendants of these tribes share the stories of their people, passed down to them over the ages.

Though Spanish colonization and the subsequent white settlers movement annihilated many tribes, a few descendants remain today to perpetuate their oral histories and practice spiritual ceremonies inherited from their ancestors.

Through stories and ceremony Keep the Fire Lit provides a window into the hearts and minds of indigenous Texans.

The film will dive deep into this fascinating segment of Texas society and visit holy sites all over Texas. Personal interviews highlight the social, political, and environmental implications of the re-emergence of indigenous identities. Subjects include civil rights lawyers, cultural artisans, tribal spiritual leaders, peyote road men, traditional dancers, and environmental activists.

The filmmakers continue to interview Texas indigenous oral history carriers. Anyone who would like to participate is invited to contact the producer.

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