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Think about you possibly can fly. Crusing throughout the blue sky, you see individuals from each nook of the planet collect in a circle. They dance in celebration and hope for all kids. Your coronary heart takes an image. On July 30, at Memorial Park in Dunkirk, you possibly can expertise such a magical second.

On that day, drone pilot Cheryl Johnson and the “Warrior Flight Staff” group will videotape a particular “dance” from a fowl’s-eye view. Invoice Crouse and the Allegany River Indian Dancers will invite our entire neighborhood to affix in a Native American social circle dance as a part of an essential documentary, “Custom, Trauma, and Tenderness.” The concept behind the movie is that “traditions, handed down in a young, nurturing setting, may help stop and heal trauma, abuse, and neglect in kids and households.”

Produced by the CREATE Mission, and directed by founder and Lead Artist Valerie Walawender, this function documentary has been supported by grants from Arts Providers, Inc. and the Northern Chautauqua Neighborhood Basis. The Metropolis of Dunkirk, Dunkirk Public Library, Blosssom Backyard Mates Peace and Training Middle, CAP (Baby Advocacy Middle), Prevention Works, and different neighborhood entities have been integral to this course of.

Skilled videographer Alex Simmons has been filming tradition-bearers, child-field specialists, and neighborhood members for the documentary since February 2022. Groundwork for the movie was laid by Simmons, in a video collection made for the CREATE Mission web site ( this previous 12 months. Simmons is the only real editor of this large mission, anticipated to premier on the Hollywood Theater in Gowanda in upcoming months.

On the July 30 occasion, Cheryl Johnson and her group will use their drone expertise to movie the final scene of the “Custom, Trauma, & Tenderness” documentary. The Salamanca Metropolis Faculty District started their Drone program within the Fall of 2017. It began with a number of lecturers acquiring their FAA Half 107 small, unmanned plane license. They referred to as themselves “Warrior Flight Staff” and through the years it has grow to be a well-liked course provided to the highschool college students. College students and Workers holding a license get pleasure from flying the drones for a number of occasions held all through the faculties and neighborhood. Johnson is Salamanca Central Faculty District Lead Coach and Mentor for each the FIRST Robotics Problem and FIRST Tech Problem; and Trainer for eighth Grade Bodily Science; Forensic Science, and Enrichment Science.

The “Custom, Trauma, and Tenderness” movie options Native American narrator, Invoice Crouse; Neuroscientist Dr. Audrey Hager; and Trauma and Baby Psychologist, Dr. Daryl Tonemah, in addition to all kinds of space cultural tradition-bearers.

Chautauqua County has the eighth highest price of reported youngster abuse of all of the counties in New York state. The relevance of this movie can’t be overstated as our neighborhood faces this disaster.

Simmons’ and the Warrior Flight Staff’s videography work will culminate with a grand neighborhood video shoot for the ultimate scene of the movie, at Memorial Park, Dunkirk on Saturday, July 30 from 1 to three p.m. Everyone seems to be welcome!

At this occasion, Simmons will videotape neighborhood members as they be part of a circle, led by the Allegany River Indian Dancers. Native American Dance Chief Invoice Crouse, (the movie’s narrator), will share the story of Native American social dance circles. When the “circle” is full, the drone video digicam will rise to the sky to videotape the assembled group from above for a dramatic finish to the movie.

Particular person adults and youth are invited to put on the standard gown of their tradition or to hold one thing to represent their tradition (Polish, Puerto Rican, Italian, Greek, Swedish, Jewish, and many others.).

Neighborhood members are additionally inspired to put on or carry one thing that symbolizes their occupation or pursuits. Nurses, docs, and different well being care professionals can put on their scrubs or a stethoscope. Woman Scouts, police, hearth fighters and navy representatives shall be in uniform. Academics and college students can carry a favourite e book. Artists can maintain a brush and palette, or maybe a small portray, small sculpture or ceramic bowl they crafted. Musicians can carry their guitars. Singers can carry a songbook.

Organizations, teams, and companies are invited to carry up an indication signifying the group they symbolize. Children can carry a favourite toy and even carry their (crowd pleasant, leashed or contained) pet to be included within the movie. Reporters can carry a digicam or their favourite newspaper.

Open Door Church can have their well-known bar-b-que ribs, macaroni, and drinks accessible for buy.There will even be free gentle refreshments for everybody and actions for the children between filming pictures. On the occasion, Native American tradition-bearers will exhibit their artwork kinds together with Peter Jones and Mike Jones, pottery, sculpture; Penny Minner, basketry; Debbie Hoag, corn husk dolls; and Kari Kennedy, beadwork.

Neighborhood members and teams are inspired to pre-register for the occasion on the CREATE Mission web site: For extra info, and to pre-register, please go to:

All people is welcome to be a part of the “Custom, Trauma, & Tenderness” documentary! The occasion is free and open to the general public.

The CREATE Mission is an arts-based neighborhood initiative designed to assist communities grow to be free of kid trauma, abuse and neglect, and to grow to be locations the place kids can thrive. The Northern Chautauqua Neighborhood Basis, Blossom Backyard Mates Peace and Training Middle, and Arts Providers, Inc. act as our fiscal sponsors. The Dunkirk Public Library and Boys & Ladies Membership of Northern Chautauqua County are our lead neighborhood companions.

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