Shásh Jaa’: Bears Ears

View from an asphalt road in a scrubby desert environment proceeding toward two mesas in the distant background, during the day, under a clear wide sky.

Angelo Baca
2016 | 25 mins 
Country of Production: USA
Country or Culture Featured: USA, Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
Saturday, October 15 | Noon

Shásh Jaa’ (Bears Ears) is a giant stretch of land in southeastern Utah, nearly 1.9 million acres of rocky and rugged wilderness. This region is sacred land to local Native American tribes, and in 2015 five nations came together to form the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, an effort to protect their homeland from development and destruction. Follow the story of the coalition as they lobby the Obama Administration to designate Bears Ears a national monument.

This screening is part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Dr. Faye Ginsburg, director of the New York University Program in Culture & Media and documentary professor, Dr. Pegi Vail.

Re:Frame, My Perspective

“As an indigenous anthropologist, the there is a great responsibility and heavy expectation to do better anthropology than has been previously done in our native communities. One only needs to see the history of indigenous exploitation by anthropology as thr "Other" in history. Whether or not one chooses to improve methods, approach, conduct, and best practices is up to the individual. However, this is not limited to research but extends also to film and we often see ourselves as a collective group rather than solely individual in our pursuits. Our positions, such as that where I am situated in the film, help people understand the framing of the projects and how they can be interesting yet useful anthropology serving indigenous communities and contributing to the discipline simultaneously.”

—Angelo Baca | Director, Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears