Honor Thy Mother, The Untold Story of Aboriginal Women and Their Indipino Children 9

Honor Thy Mother, The Untold Story of Aboriginal Women and Their Indipino Children

Film Screening with Q & A
  • Dates:
    May 8, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Tickets:

    Included with museum admission

  • Accessibility:

    Mobility accessible, wheelchairs available at admissions, elevator access in building.

Film Screening with Q & A – Honor Thy Mother, The Untold Story of Aboriginal Women and Their Indipino Children
Sunday May 8, Mother’s Day, 3:00-4:30 PM
Included with museum admission

This award-winning film documents the stories of 36 Aboriginal women from Canada and Native women from Washington and Alaska who migrated to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people, in the early 1940s. They came to pick berries for Japanese American farmers, some still in their teens and just released from Indian boarding schools.

Many fell in love in the berry fields and married Filipino immigrants, settling on the island and raising their mixed-heritage (Indipino) children. The voices of their children, now elders, are integral in the storytelling of their mother’s experiences. Their generation also shares the confusion of growing up with no sense of belonging in either culture, many raised in poverty as the children of berry farmers, and the experience of being immersed in a post-World War II racist environment. The community has memories of the 227 Japanese Americans forcibly removed from Bainbridge Island after President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942. Their interviews shed light on the effects of historical trauma on children, specifically children whose mothers survived Indian residential schools.

After the screening, listen to a panel conversation with producer/director Lucy Ostrander (partner, Stourwater Pictures), executive producer Gina Corpuz, Colleen Almojuela, and Andrew Pascua.

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Our thanks: WSHS exhibitions and programs are generously supported by ArtsFund, Columbia Bank, Humanities Washington, KNKX, The Murdock Foundation, the Port of Tacoma, and our members.