UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Katie Jennings recordings: Bruce Miller Documentary Project, 2003-2004  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Jennings, Katie
UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Katie Jennings recordings: Bruce Miller Documentary Project
2003-2004 (inclusive)
88 items  :  OT - 53 vcts (BetacamSP); Dubs - 31 vcts (DVCAM); EC - 4 vcts (VHS); video logs; interview transcripts
Collection Number
Original footage for the documentary "Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller" produced and directed by Katie Jennings; some additional video recordings.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Bruce Miller (1944-2005) was a spiritual leader of the Skokomish Nation, whose teaching nourished a Salish renaissance of art and culture in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He was appointed the Skokomish Nation's cultural and educational director in 1971 and earned stature for his traditional knowledge, including a repertoire of more than 120 Skokomish tribal stories, some of which take days to tell. In 1974, he founded the Twana Dance Group, which has performed for thousands of people throughout the Northwest. Mr. Miller helped bring back several ceremonies that were once banned by U.S. government agents and missionaries. He also compiled and illustrated 12 books based on his family's stories. He was honored with a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004. Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) was a member and noted elder of the Upper Skagit tribe. Her first language was Lushootseed, a Coast Salish language found in the Puget Sound region of western Washington state. During her long and productive life, Vi Hilbert played a major role in the revitalization of the language and culture of the First People of the Pacific Northwest. She became known as a teacher, storyteller, publisher, and public speaker. For over 40 years she built and maintained a research archive of cultural materials. Working with other scholars, she developed and published teaching materials and volumes of stories through Lushootseed Research, an organization which she founded. Her commitment to preserving Lushootseed language and literature is largely responsible for the renaissance of interest in Lushootseed culture and the growth of tribal language programs all over western Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

"Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller" - Katie Jennings, producer/director; Tracy Rector, co-producer; Diana Wilmar, photographer; Michael Gross, editor; Janic Giteck, composer; a Production of IslandWood (2005).

Featured in the documentary: Bruce Miller, Michael Pavel, Karen James, Vi Hilbert, Warren King-George, Kimberly Miller, Elise Krohn, and Barbara Brotherton.

DVCAM videocassettes (31) digitized in 2015.

Documentation: Typed contents list

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • NW Coast Indians
  • Puget Sound Salish Indians
  • Slahal
  • Twana
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Weaving
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Interviews
  • Stories
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Hilbert, Vi (performer)
    • Miller, Bruce (performer)