Through many screenings and class presentations, we get asked a lot of
questions. Here we have the most common questions answered by the

Q) I’m asking again, where can I get one of those FNFVF Logo shirts?

A) New t-shirts feature any new future logo could be made available at the
FNFVF’s earliest convenience.

Q) I hear there are a lot of benefits when it comes to being a Native American.
What are they?

Q) It is true that the Natives crossed the Bering Strait land bridge in North
America and that would account for a few instances of language similarity
between some Native tribes and some Mongolian tribes? Because the evidence
is there in the language, I mean, look at the language! NOW!

Q) When it comes to Native American films, or history, crafts, arts, culture,
religion and society for that matter, whom are the experts?

Q) Are you the Ernie Whiteman I knew back in the Seventies, we went to
together way back when, is that you?

A) You do not know how many times I get asked this question. Sorry to say,
the Ernie Whitman you are thinking of is my cousin. He is older and has
made quite a name for himself as an artist in Minneapolis. I admire his steel
sculptures very much. We are both named for my father Ernest M.
Whiteman Junior, which causes the confusion. I took my father’s name
after he passed on. Which is why I go by Ernest and not Ernie. I like to joke
that I am the younger, prettier one.

You can check out one of his works HERE.

Q) How can I get involved in promoting Native First Voice cinema here in my
community and other places.


Q) Why “F.N.F.V.F.”?

A) It stands for “First Nations Film and Video Festival”.

Q) Are these real movies?

A) Yes. Yes, they are.

Origin of Question: I was sitting at a powwow booth promoting the festival
by screening excerpts of the highlight films on a small portable DVD player.
A young lady, college-aged walks up and stares at the monitor for a
moment, then goes “Oh, I thought those were real movies.”

I reply, “They are real movies.”

She says, “No, I meant, …not Native.”

That is the perception we are up against.

Q) How do these movies tie in with the indigenous oral traditions?

A) FNFVF Co-director Dave Spencer believes that contemporary Native art is
the new oral tradition, this includes movies and film, a brand new means to
represent ourselves through a contemporary voice that challenges
perceptions that many have about Native Americans.

Q) Where can I find these movies on video or DVD?

A) We have distribution pages here on the site that correspond to each of
the annual festivals or series where you can contact the directors or
producers of the films directly. That way no money comes through the
FNFVF and you will probably get your copy of a film quicker.

Q) What is Redshade Productions?


Q) Why don’t your casinos fund more movies?

Q) Why don’t all Indians get together and get their land back?

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