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Sun, Moon and Feather

Copyright Date:
1989

Copyright Holder:
Metropolitan Arts, Inc.

Artists:
Zipp, Jane
Rosen, Bob

Extent:
See the records for "New Television, Episode 602 (1990)" and "New Television, Episode 103 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
This work was broadcast as Episode 602 of the 1990 season and as Episode 103 of the 1991 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the records for "New Television, Episode 602 (1990)" and "New Television, Episode 103 (1991)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"This hybrid musical comedy/documentary traces the life and times of three Native American sisters growing up in Brooklyn. The program combines song and dance reenactments of family and tribal stories with home movies taken over a thirty-year period." -- WGBH press release

Amid both miniature and full-scale sets depicting the family's crowded apartment, details of the lives of the three Miguel daughters and their parents emerge. Often, the narration of the three adult performers overlaps, contradicting and affirming the others' stories. Significant details, such as the birth of the youngest sister and the oldest daughter's marriage and conversion to Judaism, are presented in newsreel style. Other details emerge as anecdotal remembrances -- their father's alcoholism, summers at a beach house, their father's performances of "traditional" Native American ceremonies and dances for tourists, and relatives living off the coast of Panama. At one point, two of the women respond to scenes from the Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy film "Rose Marie," which features a Native American dance number, by reenacting a duet between the two. "Sun, Moon, and Feather," which is approximately 26 minutes in length, is both a protest against stereotyping and marginalization, and the very personal story of one family.

In addition to the musical scenes excerpted and reenacted from "Rose Marie," the three women sing an a cappella version of a song entitled, "We Three."



Directors:
Zipp, Jane
Rosen, Bob

Producers:
Zipp, Jane
Rosen, Bob

Editor:
Zipp, Jane

Funders:
New York State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
American Film Institute
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Performers:
Miguel, Muriel (Sun)
Miguel, Gloria (Moon)
Mayo, Lisa (Feather)

Subjects:
Indians of North America
Family


Genres:
Documentaries and factual works
Comedies

See Also:
New Television, Episode 103 (1991)





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