Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey + Flat Rocks:
Screening + Q&A

feat. filmmaker Roxann Whitebean

Thursday, March 9 | 6-7pm
In-person at the Everson Museum, Hosmer Auditorium
FREE (no admission)

Join Light Work UVP and the Everson Museum of Art for a special FREE screening and Q&A of Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey with filmmaker Roxann Whitebean!

As part of UVP Community Nights program, the short film Flat Rocks, produced by Whitebean and directed by Courtney Montour, will be projected on the Evereson facade.

About the Films

Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey
45 min.

In the film Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey, a single Iroquois father brings his daughter on a canoe voyage, as he seeks to unlock the ancient trade routes of his ancestors in this historical journey across Haudenosaunee Confederacy waters.

Director Roxann Whitebean, as well as Hickory Edwards and Ellirose Edwards from the film will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

The short film Flat Rocks, produced by Whitebean and directed by Courtney Montour, will be projected by Light Work UVP on the facade of the building on the night of the event from dusk to 11pm. 

Flat Rocks (dir. Courtney Montour, produced Roxann Whitebean)
10 min.

Flat Rocks takes an intimate and never-before-seen look at 79 year-old farmer Louis Diabo’s relentless battle against the construction of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway that tore through his land and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in the 1950s, forever changing the landscape and the livelihood of the community.

About the Filmmaker

Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean​ was born and raised within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawà:ke and comes from the Wolf Clan. She directed her first film in 2014, ​Legend of the Storm. Roxann directed the five-part series, Thunder Blanket and a short documentary called Karihwanoron: Precious Things for CBC Short Docs. In 2016, she opened her indie production company Whitebean Media Arts, which has produced various works for the CBC. In 2017, she wrote and directed 14 episodes of the children’s series ​Ravens Quest​ for TVO Kids. Roxann is a writer and director on Nish Media’s television series ​SKINdigenous, ​and directed her first feature documentary, ​The Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey, ​which aired on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) in February 2021. She is currently completing a feature-length drama in collaboration with Kaniehtiio Horn called The Two Horn Circus, and is set to start shooting her upcoming short drama, Rose. For more on her work, please visit Roxann Whitebean Films on Facebook and follow @RoxannWhitebean on Twitter.


The film will be captioned and CART will be available for the Q&A portion of the event. The auditorium is located on the lower level of the museum and can be accessed by elevator.

Please contact info@lightwork.org with any questions.

To request additional accommodation, please reach out by Thursday, February 23.


The event is co-sponsored by Syracuse University through the Canary Lab and Engaged Humanities and by the Everson Museum with the support of the Allyn Family Foundation.

UVP 2022-23: The Porous Body of the Earth

This event is presented as part of Light Work UVP 2022-23: The Porous Body of the Earth, a year-long program exploring the ways that the slow violence of extractive capitalism and colonialism collude with the fast violence of state power–and the ways that resilience and intimacy function as modes of political and material resistance.