A poetic and insightful documentary that follows women from the Ramapough Lenape Nation - descendants of the original people of New York metropolitan area - participating in a portrait series with award winning photographer Lisa Levart.
Witness women and young girls reclaiming long forgotten ancestral stories, revealing personal connections to these narratives and in the process, raising awareness to a community whose tribal land is 20 miles outside of Manhattan. Together, Levart and the women, embark on an intimate creative process that transports viewers into an indigenous, nature-loving world; ancient, contemporary, personal, and unabashedly - matriarchal.
Running length-22 minutes
MYLES ARONOWITZ (Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematography/Animation)
First time director Myles Aronowitz has worked on over 100 feature films and TV series as a still photographer. During his 35 year career, his photographs have been used as the key art on over 30 posters, including “School Ties,” “Sleeping With The Enemy,” “Scent Of A Woman,” “Big Daddy,” “Non Stop,” and ”Michael Clayton,” to name a few. Aronowitz is also an accomplished visual artist and is currently developing a new web series “Storytellers,” featuring his own, hand drawn, time lapse animation combining live action video and drawing, which is also used for the introduction and end credits in this film. Aronowitz brings his talent and respect for the creative process, making a unique documentary that celebrates a loving collaboration between an artist and a little known community, with the power of art to change the world. | IMDB
LISA LEVART (Producer/Artist)
Producer Lisa Levart is multi-media artist and photographer whose interest lays at the intersection between fine arts and social engagement. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and public venues throughout the world, and is in the collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC. A monograph of Levart’s work “Goddess on Earth; Portraits of the Divine Feminine” won a Gold Nautilus Book Award, and was named one of the 100 Best New Women's Spirituality Books by the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2018. www.GoddessonEarth.com
Windwalker is a Grammy Nominated and three time Native American Music Award-winning vocalist and flutist. Her group, Windwalker and the MCW (formerly Wind Spirit Drum) is a Traditional Drum Performance Group. www.windwalkerandthemcw.net
CHIEF CLARA SOARING HAWK (Advisor)
Grandmother Clara is Ambassador and Deer Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation. She considers herself a “Spiritual Ecologist” as she prays for the balance of Spirit and the natural world. Chief Clara has been facilitating ceremony, both nationally and internationally since 2013.
Ramapough Lenape Nation
The women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation are part of a larger group of approximately 5,000 people living near the Ramapo Mountains in northern New Jersey and Rockland County, about 25 miles from Manhattan. The women work together as water and sacred site protectors, conducting community outreach talks in schools, libraries and public centers, and educating local children on Lenape ancestral traditions and rituals. www.ramapoughlenapenation.org