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Now in its eighth year, the First Nations festival runs November 15 through 21 at venues around the city and suburbs, presenting "works of Native American film and video that break racial stereotypes and promote awareness of Native American issues." This week's schedule includes a talk by Chris Eyre, director of Smoke Signals, on the subject of "reinventing Indians on screen." (Wed 11/17, 6 PM, Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash) Among the screenings, Tvli Jacob and Steven Judd's American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life (2003, 120 min.) is a coming-of-age story about four young people. Gil Cardinal directed the documentary Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole (2003, 70 min.), about a tribe in British Columbia whose totem pole turns up in a Stockholm museum after disappearing six decades earlier. Mauna Kea--Temple Under Siege (69 min.), directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander, records the struggle between astronomers and indigenous Hawaiians to control the title volcano, whose 14,000-foot summit has been chosen as the site for an observatory. And the hour-long Inuuvunga I Am Inuk I Am Alive was created by eight Inuk teens in northern Quebec, assisted by the National Film Board of Canada. For more information call 773-275-5871; a complete schedule with venue information is available online at

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