Chag Lowry, Author / Filmmaker / Community Builder Receives National Recognition

Chag Lowry, Author / Filmmaker / Community Builder Receives National Recognition

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Chag Lowry, Author / Filmmaker / Community Builder Receives National Recognition
2014 Alliance for Community Media - Jewell Ryan-White Cultural Diversity Award

On August 8, 2014 in Philadelphia PA, the Alliance for Community Media presented their 2014 Jewell Ryan-White Cultural Diversity Award to Chag Lowry, program manager with Humboldt Area Foundation and a founding Board member of Access Humboldt. Chag was not able to attend the event, so he shared a video acceptance speech that is online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b563V-Y6SMY

The Award presentation was part of a national gathering for the Alliance for Community Media and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture - more information here: http://stateandmain2014.com/ and here: http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/latest-news/congratulations-to-the-acm-...

Chag was nominated: “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to ongoing efforts that build culturally diverse and relevant content for native communities of the Redwood Coast of California.” And celebrating his efforts “to build sustainable resources that truly empower the under-represented and diverse voices of native people.”

He is recognized locally for his work creating the Original Voices program, which produced the “Indigenous Living Biographies” series with KEET-TV and the “History and Hope” program with United Indian Health Services and Two Feathers Social Service Agency.

Biographic information from the Award nomination:

Chag Lowry is of Yurok, Maidu, and Achumawi Native American ancestry from northern California. He is the Program Manager for the Native Cultures Fund, which is part of the Humboldt Area Foundation. The fund supports Indigenous artists, elders, culture bearers, and Native language speakers as they create meaningful work in their communities. One of the efforts that Chag has helped with is the Live Your Language Alliance, which is a grassroots organization of the Wiyot, Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Bear River, Tolowa, Tsenungwe, and Mattole Indigenous people dedicated to the goal of speaking and teaching their Native languages.

Chag has worked with Native elders his entire life, and he wrote a book titled “The Original Patriots: Northern California Indian Veterans of World War Two.” The book features 55 Native men and women as they share about their efforts on behalf of the United States and the Allies during this conflict. He also co-directed a PBS documentary that features three of the Native men from his book. The program is titled “The Original Patriots,” and it was one of the first programs to air on the new all-Native television channel FNX, located in southern California.

Chag produced and directed the Indigenous Living Biographies as an independent producer working with the PBS station KEET-TV. He directed 14 half-hour programs that featured Native elders from the North Coast. These programs and the accompanying interview archive represent original source material on Native life and perspectives that will be available to future generations. Chag incorporates the best practices and values from his Native cultures into his filmmaking, writing, and organizing work. He has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Education from Humboldt State University.

His efforts in support of community access media have incorporated the stories and networks of his work in print and broadcasting. Chag continues to advise and support Access Humboldt and to build sustainable resources that truly empower the under-represented and diverse voices of native people. Thanks to him, we have heard many native languages spoken through community media.

Photo Caption:
Char Lowry 1- Left to right: Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director for Access Humboldt; Chag Lowery , Program manager at Humboldt Area Foundation; and Juan Carrillo, Production Manager for Access Humboldt.

Chag Lowry 2 - Chag Lowry, unable to attend the event, shared a video acceptance speech that was screened at the event. Sean McLaughlin, Access Humboldt's Executive Director (fron tof the room on left) received the award on Lowry's behalf.

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