From Academy Award-winner Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome, “Long Line of Ladies” intimately observes the months-long process of one girl, her family, and their tight-knit Karuk community as they come together to prepare for her Ihuk, the coming-of-age ceremony for girls which went dormant for over a century due to the violence and destruction brought on by the California Gold Rush.
In the weeks leading up to her Ihuk, Ahty learns traditional songs and dances and mentally and physically prepares to spend four days blindfolded and fasting on sacred, tribal land. Meanwhile, the women and men around her support and uplift her as they pass down knowledge, prepare regalia, and above all, promote the continued revitalization of their sacred ceremony.
A film by Rayka Zehtabchi & Shaandiin Tome Featuring Ahty, the Allen family and the Karuk community Produced by Garrett Schiff, Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis, Pimm Tripp-Allen, and Dana Kurth Shot and edited by Sam Davis Original score by Forrest Goodluck & Juan Kleban Executive Produced by Melissa Berton
Running time: 22 minutes
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Extraordinary and moving documentary. Thank you for posting this link to the Vimeo channel.
I’m so touched (and glad) that the younger generation is willing to take up the old traditions again…
I agree, Laure-Anne. The old rituals and traditions served important purposes.