We descend from an ancient, piercing storytelling legacy. From tribal elders, to spiritual scribes and prophets, to griots, novelists and thespians, there has never been a moment in history in which we have not transmitted powerful accounts of our past, our circumstances, our hopes, victories and wisdom.
My personal fondness for stories began as a toddler obsessed with the dusty smell of newspapers, the biting smell of ink and the flooding images of printed letters on the page. The sight of words, drawings and photos excited me and moved my mother early to teach how to read. By age four, I was reading at a high school level.
At nine years old, I began preserving my thoughts in diaries, illustrating, writing poetry, short fiction and stageplays. I was reading everything I could get my hands on; and by fifth grade, I embraced a secret verbal weapon - a way with words.
I'm a writer intent on continuing my ancestral preoccupation with purveying the truth and shaping societies. Film-making is simply an amplification of my pen.
For centuries, we've been marginalized in the recounting and archiving of our stories. One-dimensional, and even false narratives, have been disseminated, omitting our complexity, beauty, faith, innovation and power. We are indigenous communicators with prehistoric relationships with the arts - communicating, performing, heralding and debating. You'll see that familiarity, proprietorship and first-nation audacity in our work.
These verbal, visual and auditory tapestries are inevitable, as the time has come for a demonstration of what we know...and have always known.
Conserving the Peculiar Nativity,
Telhare'sha Dawkins, CEO