“Princess Angeline”, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sandy Johnson Osawa and her husband, Yasu Osawa, will be screened at the Forks Extension of Peninsula College on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m.
Osawa is a member of the Makah Tribe, a graduate of Port Angeles High School, and has had six documentaries broadcast over the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) as well as other networks.
Princess Angeline was the daughter of Chief Seattle. Although her face is seen on many postcards, toward the end of her life she lived alone, refusing to leave her homeland. Many have wondered about the historical events that led to her being one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890s, just 35 years after the peace treaty was signed guaranteeing land would be reserved for the Duwamish people.
Osawa’s video explores this story as well as the story of the Duwamish and their unrecognized tribal status, primarily through the life of Princess Angeline. According to Amy McIntyre, PC Longhouse Program Assistant, “The film is a dramatic telling of the growth of Seattle and the Duwamish people’s struggle to retain a foothold on their own lands. The viewer is drawn into the story by the use of historical photographs and interviews, woven together with Sandy’s smooth narration.”
The documentary has garnered strong interest in the Port Angeles area, where it was shown twice in early March. Adjunct Film instructor Sally Milici will introduce the film and Osawa’s work in Forks, with a discussion immediately following. DVD copies of “Princess Angeline” will also be available for purchase.
The May 3 showing is co-sponsored by Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema film series and is free.
Peninsula College in Forks is located at 71 S. Forks Ave. Call 360-374-3223 for more information.