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'Miss Navajo' latest in American Indian film series at Riverton library

Mar 17, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The documentary screening of "Miss Navajo" is the latest addition to the American Indian film series at the Riverton Branch Library.

Director Billy Luther's film is about a Navajo beauty pageant and will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The screening is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in honor of Women's History Month.

Library assistant Teri Wiblemo said the films have been popular at the library.

"We see anywhere from 60 to 80 people every time," she said.

The library began showing American Indian films after it screened "The Exiles" in 2010 and had a visit from Academy Award-winning cinematographer Erik Daarstad.

"We have found with the native films we can fill the room," Wiblemo said. "So there must be a want and a need for these types of films. "

During the past year, the library has screened "The Lesser Blessed," "Barking Water," "American Indian Comedy Slam," and "On the Ice."

Library assistant Shari Haskins said the movie ideas came from a favorites list by American Indian writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie.

"The Native American community really appreciates the films being shown," Wiblemo said. "We see a lot of the same faces at each one."

Haskins and Wiblemo said they market entertainment to all audiences and encourage library patrons to take advantage of the events. The Friends of the Library also has provided continuous support with the activities, Wiblemo said.

She added that these films are cultural, award-winning films that are shown on the "big screen" at no cost to audience members.

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