Warrior Women Project: Decolonized resource guide / "Indian 101"

Project title

Warrior Women Project’s Decolonized Resource Guide / "Indian 101"

Research question

We are seeking the creation of a resource guide to accompany the Peabody-nominated documentary film Warrior Women that would deepen the audience's understanding of the historical context and lived reality of Indigenous people in the contemporary United States. It is critical that this be created through Indigenous research methodologies by and critiquing the foundational myths of American history. Thus, we use the term "decolonized" or better "decolonizing" as an active framework of inquiry in which we are defining keys terms, experiences, and time periods from an Indigenous perspective. Ideally, the product simultaneously affirms Native experience but also educates all interested parties desiring to know more about how the unknown history of Indigenous matriarchy has not only survived the erasure of American history but is essential in navigating the planetary climate crisis. Ultimately, this project involves a deep read of the film to address and discuss all relevant topics that require explanation for a viewer and the crafting of a document that provides contextualized information beyond standard dictionary definitions. There is a collective and creative approach to this that allows for the new ideas to be considered.


The Warrior Women Project is the culmination of 20+ years of interviewing, archiving, and organizing in the legacy of the Red Power Movement of the 1970s into modern day struggles. Some of that work is showcased in the 2018 critically acclaimed, Peabody-nominated film Warrior Women. The film follows American Indian Movement veteran and Lakota matriarch Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcella navigating leadership, matrilineage, motherhood, and community in Indigenous resistance movements from the American Indian Movement to Standing Rock, to the continued fight for the planet today.
Dr. Beth Castle founded the effort in collaboration with Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcella Gilbert to continue to bridge the gap between traditional exclusive scholarship and community-based histories. The project holds a large collection of oral history interviews with women of the Red Power Movement, event footage and extensive outtakes of film footage. The goal is to create multi-media resources to deepen our understanding of unknown histories of Indigenous matriarchy and community resistance. 


The end product would be a film clip or a series of film clips (each 1-2 minutes) that would be part of a decolonized curricula plan.

Suggested skills

  1. Research skills.
  2. Storyboarding and creating a 'paper edit' - written plan for the video clips.
  3. Video editing skills desired but not absolutely required.

Agency representative

Elizabeth (Beth) Castle