Grant Helps Continue Tradition

Tuesday, January 13 2009

Jan. 13, 2009 Note to editor: Sapatq’ayn is pronounced “suh-pot-kine” Written by Brandi Hayes MOSCOW, Idaho – A $3,500 grant from the Idaho Humanities Council will help continue the University of Idaho’s Native American film festival for a seventh year. The film festival, formally known as Sapatq’ayn Cinema, is scheduled for March 25-28 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St. in Moscow. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public. Sapatq’ayn Cinema presents recent films and videos written, directed and acted by Native Americans. “Idaho’s Forgotten War” launches the series with a guest appearance by the film’s maker, Sonya Rosario. The festival also will screen “The Exiles,” a recently restored and critically acclaimed 1961 film about young American Indians in Los Angeles, Calif. The screening will feature Erik Daarstad, one of the film’s cinematographers, who will discuss the film with the audience after the screening. The Idaho Humanities Council is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness, understanding and appreciation of the humanities in Idaho. For more information about the IHC visit, For more information about this and past festivals, visit, or contact Janis Johnson, festival producer and project director, at (208) 885-7743 or # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Media Contact: Brandi Hayes, University Communications, (208) 885-7251,

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