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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Called Home/Two Worlds contributor Leland Morrill

Honoring Natives in Entertainment Media event this past spring: 

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/101463285

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfUCErky99c&list=UUqoSe2jgnQeiA5sIRunLHXA   

Leland Morrill Kirk, Navajo, is a contributor to both history books on Native American adoptees, and he is an actor/jewelry-maker/adoption activist in Los Angeles. At the event he explains his moving personal story, ICWA activism on our behalf and search. Watch the videos!

We thank Leland for all he does for us!

3 comments:

  1. I would love to hear his story.He looks like a great caring person even if it is a drawing.

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  2. I saw the small print magnified and it said "Any questions ?" Many as this whole nation yes we have questions if I were indain or the cause for all adoptees any color and the mothers that are withheld by silence from the social workers makes it horrible for the adoptees in search too.I just hope they have their life behind bars if they know something is against the law morally.

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  3. Thank you Trace. "FREEASABIRD", The drawing to the right is of my Great Grandfather Benen done by "Burbank" in 1907 and hangs in the Hubbell House in Ganado where my family has worked for over 100 years with the Hubbell family.
    The photo on the left was taken 104 years later of me for a film project and was submitted, getting me the part of Tribal Officer Miller in Oliver Stones film Savages in 2012.
    Benene waw born in captivity in the Bosque Redondo NM. He walked back to Ft Defiance AZ when they were marched back. He was an amazing man. He har two sons who wete Navajo Code Talkers, Leo Kirk and George Kirk. His only living son Oliver Kirk is my grandfather. Oliver travelled to California earlier this year 2014, to help me with my NICWA presentation. My family has rich culture and is so amazing. I am grateful to have reconnected.
    Lele

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