CREATE Project event, filming takes place on Saturday in the city park | News, Sports, Jobs

Stories can be told in many ways – in words, in dance, in pictures, in songs and in celebration. The CREATE project is happy to invite the whole community to be part of a very special story on Saturday at Memorial Park in Dunkirk. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day, the final dramatic scene of their documentary “Tradition, trauma and tenderness”, will be filmed on the ground and from the sky by a drone operated by Warrior Flight Team.

Community members of all ages and backgrounds are invited to be part of this film. Please arrive promptly at 1:00 p.m. as model releases and registration must be taken care of.

Bill Crouse, dance leader of the Allegany Indian River Dancers and narrator of the documentary, will invite tradition bearers from various cultures as well as everyone present to join in a large circle dance as the drone flies overhead.

Crouse will share stories about the origins and magic of Native American dance as this powerful scene unfolds.

Among the crowd will be other major actors featured in the film. Esteemed professionals Dr. Daryl Tonemah and Dr. Audrey Hager are expected. In the documentary, Behavioral Psychologist and Trauma Specialist Dr. Daryl Tonemah explains how practicing traditions in a warm and nurturing social setting creates a sense of safety. Neuroscientist Dr. Audrey Hager will present the science of brain development, trauma, and how sharing traditional practices in warm, nurturing environments can help individuals heal and build resilience.

The event will be filled with fun and conviviality. Children’s activities and refreshments will be available. Families and representatives from area schools, churches, organizations and businesses will share in the joy and purpose. The story of how our community comes together to create a better world for children will be told through images and music captured at the event.

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This project is funded in part by grants from Arts Services, Inc. and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. NCCF is the fiscal sponsor of the CREATE project. Although we work cooperatively, the CREATE project is a separate entity and operates as such.

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