The spoken word film “Modern Native” by Andrea Grant is about storytelling and the duality within Native Americans of mixed-blood who have been brought up learning both traditional myths and western fairytales equally. It’s about honoring your tribe and where you’re from, and finding empowerment within your origins as you face up to life’s challenges and take control of your destiny, realizing why you ended up on a certain mythological journey.
It’s also about how tribal myths are taught and learned throughout the generations. In a lot of ways, the current shift from the print to the digital medium is a reminder of how so many First Nation stories have gotten lost in the transition from oral history to print. There’s an urgent need right now to share those narratives with the world in a contemporary, accessible format, such as film.