Following the 40-minute screening, that will begin at 6:30 p.m., Victor will discuss the use of humour in traditional storytelling and how oral traditions influence his work.
Victor Masayesva is a Hopi experimental filmmaker who lives in his ancestral village, where he has traditional roles and responsibilities. His visually and intellectually complex layering of video and audio effects, still photographs and hand-painting contrast aspects of Native American cultures with the crippling perceptions and influences of white culture. Raised on Hotevilla on Third Mesa in Hopi, Masayesva graduated from Princeton University, majoring in literature and studying photography with Emmet Gowin. He has been honoured with numerous awards including the University of Arizona Distinguished Alumni Award, the Gold Hugo at Chicago Festival, Two Rivers Visionary Award, Taos Festival's distinguished filmmaker award and the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award.