Pepper’s Pow Wow smARTfilms: Syncopated Cinema Series
Past Event

(1996) 56m

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, BIMA presents a captivating look at the life of Native American jazz saxophone pioneer Jim Pepper, the first widely recognized musician to fuse Native American music with jazz. The documentary soars with diverse musical highlights, including Pepper’s grandfather’s recording of the peyote chant “Witchi Tai To,” which Pepper developed into a crossover hit on both the jazz and Top 40 charts. Pepper’s life and music harmonized two distinct cultures, and serve as a poetic example for all indigenous people, “walking in two worlds with one spirit.” Produced and directed by local filmmakers Sandy Johnson Osawa (Makah) and Yasu Osawa.

Sandy and Yasu will be hosting our smARTfilms Club pre-series webinar on October 3rd.

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smARTfilm series offers two film showings each day!

Matinee: 2pm
Evening: 7pm


Oct 11, 2022


Frank Buxton Auditorium



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Preview clip provided by Sandy and Yasu Osawa.