Warrior women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, an AIM leader who cultivated a kindred group of activists' children, including her daughter Marcy, into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy, now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environment devastation of the Dakota-Access Pipeline and for indigenous cultural values. Through their story, the film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood, and how activist legacies pass from generation to generation under a colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.
Stick around for the post-film discussion hosted by Danica Sterud Miller, Puyallup Tribe of Indians member and Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at UW Tacoma.
Tacoma Reads is a local community reading program that seeks to unite the
community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common
text. The 2019 Tacoma Reads selection is the bestselling debut novel “There
There” by Tommy Orange. Described as “groundbreaking, extraordinary” by The
New York Times, “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced
story of 12 urban Native Americans traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow,
interconnected in ways they may not yet realize.