Watching a documentary can often be like eating your peas: It's not exactly thrilling, but it is nourishing, and when it's over, you kind of feel like you accomplished something. In that vein, the Denver Botanic Gardens' monthly Indigenous Film Series kicks off tonight with two documentaries from Native American (well, native Canadian, but we're pretty sure it counts) filmmaker R.J. Joseph:Carriers of Culture
, about indigenous basket-weaving traditions, andPeyote Man
, about Anthony Davis, the 91-year-old leader of the Native American Church, which was filmed a year before his death in 2003. And no, there will not be any Fear-and-Loathing-style hallucinogenic sequences.
The screening starts tonight at 7 p.m. and is free, but there's a $5 suggested donation (if you want to avoid that, try selecting the $0 option andprinting your ticket off the DBG's website
so you don't have to look anyone in the eye and admit you're too cheap to donate; after all, the documentary will make you feel guilty enough already). The series continues with a screening of the Brazilian documentaryPachama
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on April 19 andAllan Houser: An American Master
, the story of a Native American sculptor, on May 14. For more information on the series, call the DBG's registration line at 720-865-3580.