California Indian Day: Ishi, A Story of Dignity, Hope and Courage Film Screening
Film Screening of Ishi tonight at CSUSM during my World Cultures class at 6pm in ARTS 111. The grant to bring Nicole Lim to campus was written by colleague Dr. Joely Proudfit. The event was coordinated by Tishmall Turner, CSUSM’s Tribal Liaison, and Arts & Lectures.
ISHI seeks to enrich and expand the story of Ishi and build upon the public’s awareness and appreciation of California Indian history. For many years, Ishi’s legacy has been a non-native construct framed by public and scientific fascination with stereotypical views of the past. 100 years ago (29 Aug 1911) Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, was “discovered: in Oroville, California.
The accompanying lecture will examine the creation of the California Indian Museum’s new Ishi exhibition. The exhibit’s approach is to reframe Ishi’s legacy through the inclusion of California Indian voices and perspectives on issues, and to build upon current scholarship that helps to change the ways in which Ishi’s legacy is characterized and taught in public schools. Ishi’s character and courage provide lessons for all humanity. CIMCC will gift our campus a copy of the film for our library.
Nicole Lim is Pomo. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She has worked for the National Indian Justice Center and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center over the past decade. She has taught numerous undergraduate courses on Native American Studies at San Francisco, Sonoma and Sacramento State Universities.
Ms. Lim serves as a trainer for NIJC’s regional and on-site training programs in the subject matter of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its Impact on Justice Systems, Juvenile Delinquency and Gang Violence and Federal Indian Law. She is the executive director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, which seeks to educate the public about California Indian history and cultures from a native perspective.