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Grantee: Rebecca Chadwell & Thomas Castillo

Project Title: The Sqelixw Language and Culture Project
Year awarded: 2019, Round 1

Rebecca Chadwell works in media production and coordinates programs at Community Minded Television, promoting diversity in storytelling through media education. Thomas Castillo (Spokane Tribe) has a background in Government and Indian Studies as a means to advocate for rebuilding Native Communities. In close collaboration with Spokane Tribal experts, Chadwell and Castillo will be working to bring the Salish creation story to life. The story will be captured using both traditional and virtual reality filmmaking techniques, and will be set in a historically accurate representation of the Indian Congress Encampment along the Spokane River at Glover Field. The resulting short film will be shared with local tribes directly, and general audiences throughout Spokane during Native American Heritage month (November). Once completed, the artists will present each local tribe with a digital and virtual copy of the production along with a complimentary VR headset to make it available to their communities.