The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum and the Historic Stranahan House Museum are collaborating on a first-ever local screening of the 1958 film, “The Exiles,” produced by director Kent MacKenzie. The documentary, which was lost for nearly 50 years and restored in 2008, follows three Indian Americans who have left their reservations to live in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The film reveals the complex social issues faced by these young teens and highlights many challenges that still exist today.
Navajo photographer and storyteller Pamela Peters will be showcasing her own modern take on the documentary, “Legacy of the Exiled NDNz.” Her production will be shown along with the historic film. Among the five Native Americans involved in the Peters production is Spencer Battiest, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida who grew up on the Hollywood reservation.
Also in attendance will be “Seminole Royalty:” Jr. Miss Florida Seminole, Cheyenne Nunez; Little Mr. Seminole, Roberto Osceola Bernard; Little Miss Seminole, Madasyn Billie; and Miss Florida Seminole, Brianna Nunez.
Friday, November 21, 2014.
6 pm: Opening Reception featuring music by Slip and the Spinouts.
7 pm: Movie followed by Q&A.
Tickets are free for Historic Stranahan House Museum and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum members and $6 for the general public.
For information and tickets, please contact Melanie Claros, Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-524-4736.
The Stranahan House, the oldest surviving structure in Broward County, was home to Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Frank operated a trading post on the home’s first floor and was considered a fair and honest businessman by the Seminole Tribal members. Ivy was the area’s first school teacher and helped to secure educational opportunities and government recognition for the Tribe The house served as the early city center of Fort Lauderdale during the late 1800s and early 1900s and today operates as a history museum.
The Historic Stranahan House and Museum, which opened to the public in 1984, offers visitors an inside view of one of Fort Lauderdale’s founding families and an experiential lesson of the city’s history. Three daily tours are available for $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. A gift shop offers an array of handmade items, many from local craftspeople. The house and surrounding grounds are available for rent for private events and membership events are offered throughout the year. For more information visit www.stranahanhouse.org, call 954-524-4736 or keep track of happenings via Twitter (at #IAmHistoric), Facebook and Instagram.