Library to host Cherokee Nation chief, present ‘Mankiller’ documentary

January 22, 2020

The Bartlesville Public Library will host a Meet and Greet with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and First Lady January Hoskin, as well as present “Mankiller: Activist. Feminist. Cherokee Chief.,” a documentary about the life of Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, during an event set for Monday, Jan. 27.

The Meet and Greet will begin at 7 p.m. and the documentary will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hoskin was elected to serve as the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation last year and has served as the Tribe’s Secretary of State and as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11. He has testified at the United Nations in the interest of the Cherokee Nation and serves on various boards and committees, including the United States Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee.

“Mankiller: Activist. Feminist. Cherokee Chief.” is a documentary by filmmakers Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, which aired nationwide on PBS. The film portrays Mankiller’s life story, from when she was active in San Francisco’s civil rights movement to her return to Oklahoma to become the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

“I truly believe we can learn rich and valuable lessons from her story and her legacy,” said Director and Co-producer Red-Horse Mohl. “I see this film as so much more than a biography; I believe it actually is a wakeup call. Wilma lived her life with the philosophy of ‘Ga-Dugi,’ which translated means ‘in a good way’ – and our goal is that we embody ‘Ga-Dugi’ on this project to honor her.”

A filmmaker of Cherokee ancestry, Mohl has dedicated more than three decades to film and television content creation and production. Hurd, executive producer, is well known for producing Academy Award-winning films and Emmy Award-winning programs. “Mankiller” has been shown in more than 35 film festivals worldwide.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the library’s Meeting Room A. The library is located at 600 S. Johnstone Ave. in downtown Bartlesville.

For more information, call the Reference Desk at 918.338.4169.