Monday, October 9th (aka Columbus Day) from 10 am til 8 pm with live music, social friendship dances, an ancestral feast of three sisters stew with venison, native crafts, high mass for reconciliation, and a Wiping the Tears Ceremony for those who have lost loved ones in the recent past.
The event will be held at the Shaker Mill Inn at the Falls, 40 Cherry Lane, Canaan, NY 12019.
Fidel Moreno is Huichol / Chichimeca and Mexican American. He is an Oscar nominee in the Best Short Documentary category as co-producer and co-director of WIPING THE TEARS OF 7 GENERATIONS, and a three-time Telly Award winner for THE PEYOTE ROAD and 500 NATIONS. Moreno is an activist passionate about working with youth and children through cultural literacy skill building, emotional development and purposeful life navigation.
Raised in both old Mexico and the Midwest area of the United States, Moreno’s work in documentary film and video since 1983 has focused on the struggle and dialogues of indigenous people and communities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has worked directly with many communities, aboriginal leaders, chiefs and elders in documenting environmental actions and issues, human rights violations and crisis relief services. In addition, Mr. Moreno continues to work in Program Development with tribal alcohol and substance abuse treatment centers and programs serving youth and young adults, with a focus on culturally specific and appropriate alternative intervention/prevention models. He established the Native Visions Media Center located on the Navajo Reservation as a foundation operated by the youth of the reservation to best serve their needs. The center has recently finished a series of commercials for a large community bank with a focus on positive images of Native Americans. The center is presently developing a series of educational videos about banking services for the Navajo non-English speaking community.
As a producer/director he has completed nine documentaries and has worked in feature films in the company of producers and directors such as Robert Redford, John Hughes, Ron Howard and John Rosenberg. His works are well received in both the national and European film festival circuits. He is the recipient of the Future Visionary Prize (Munich International Film Festival), Best Video (American Indian Film Festival), Gold Apple (National Educational Film and Video Festival) and a Golden Eagle (Committee on International non-Theatrical Events/CINE) among others. Mr. Moreno co-directed and co-produced THE PEYOTE ROAD, a documentary advocating the constitutional right of Native Americans to worship using peyote in traditional ceremonies within the Native American Church. This documentary film was instrumental in overturning the United States Supreme Court Decision in 1995 against Al Smith and the use of peyote in the United States. Mr. Moreno has also scored several of his documentaries with original musical compositions combining aboriginal percussion and rhythms with contemporary blues and jazz arrangements. He has worked with Pete Seers/Jefferson Starship, Charles Neville/Neville Brothers, Mark Cardenas/Prince, and Arlie Neskahi /American Indian Dance.