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      DIGADOHI Trail of Tears Documentary Premiere in Springfield

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      September 25, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      305 S. Campbell Ave, #101
      Springfield, Missouri

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      DIGADOHI Trail of Tears Documentary Premiere

      The Missouri Humanities Council is hosting the theatrical premiere of the new historical documentary DIGADOHI: Lands, Cherokee and the Trail of Tears at 7pm on September 25, 2019 at The MOXIE Cinema in downtown Springfield, MO. DIGADOHI means lands in Cherokee and the story of their removal is recorded in the documents and archaeology at places along the Trail of Tears like the Snelson-Brinker farm in Missouri, and in the traditions and family histories of the Cherokee today. July 4th, 2017 the historic Snelson-Brinker cabin near Steeleville, MO was burnt to the ground. A witness site to ethnic cleansing, the farm is one of the few sites on the Trail of Tears to be studied. Using cutting edge archaeological methods such as LiDAR, aerial mapping, STEM, and archival research, a group of archaeologists, community activists and Cherokee leaders work to rescue a historic property from the arsonist's flames and identify the graves of the Cherokee who died there. The film chronicles a year of those investigations and others along the Trail of Tears and weaves the family stories - European, African, and Native - that were unearthed there into the national story of America. Director Monty Dobson, an archaeologist and documentary filmmaker from Springfield, MO points to the role of archaeology in helping discover little known or lost histories: “Archaeology tells us a local story, one site, one hole, one shovel at a time. But each site is in turn part of a larger history of place. And at sites along the Trail of Tears, including those here in Missouri, you have multivocal stories: prehistoric, Native, European settlers, the African American experience, all coming together in one place. That's the story of America, and the shared landscape of our history ties us together in profound ways.” The film was an official selection for the Tribal Film Festival in Tulsa, OK. Following this premiere, it will air on public television stations across the country. Dobson will host a Q&A with archaeologists from the film immediately following the presentation. Tickets are limited and advance registration is required via the Missouri Humanities website at This event is free and open to the public.

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