The Healing Heart of Lushootseed

PRESENTED BY: Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon
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6:00 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2024 PST
Location: Vashon (click for map)

“The Healing Heart of Lushootseed” is a short documentary that tells the extraordinary story of how a diminutive great-grandmother tenaciously gathered support from unlikely corners for her most ambitious project: to heal the heart of the world. Her mission, 1. Commission an original symphony that embodied the compassion and healing power of her ancestral culture, 2. Convince the Seattle Symphony to perform it, 3. Have the symphony performed around the world. “It’s a spiritual gift from my people, it comes in the form of symphony” – Vi “taqʷšəblu” Hilbert, Upper Skagit Tribal elder.

 

A discussion with the filmmaker, Jill La Pointe – granddaughter of the late Vi Hilbert – will follow the film screening. Ms. La Pointe is the Director of Lushootseed Research (LR), a nonprofit founded by her grandmother in 1983, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Lushootseed language and culture. 

 

Co-sponsors of the event include Backbone Campaign, Vashon Island School District, the Land Trust, the Heritage Museum and the Vashon Nature Center. Organizers are grateful to Island GreenTech and the Vashon Theatre for allowing the use of the Theater to show this film Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm. 

 

A discussion with the filmmaker, Jill La Pointe – granddaughter of the late Vi Hilbert – will follow the film screening. Ms. La Pointe is the Director of Lushootseed Research (LR), a nonprofit founded by her grandmother in 1983, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Lushootseed language and culture. She says, “Making this film was truly a labor of love to honor our beloved late grandmother. There is still so much pain and suffering in our world that could benefit from the gift of healing. My grandmother’s vision and her tenacity serve as an inspiring example, to never give up on your dreams and desires to help make the world a better place.”

 

Special Guests: Jill La Pointe

Sponsors: Vashon Island School District, Vashon Land Trust, Vashon Heritage Museum, Backbone Campaign, Vashon Nature Center, Island GreenTech, Vashon Theatre

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/834663935085402/

Release Year: 2023

Running Time: 40 minutes

Director: Jill La Pointe

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