Lake of Betrayal: The Story of the Kinzua Dam

[SCREENING] The creation of the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River, along the border of New York State and Pennsylvania, is another discouraging chapter in the history of the US and its state governments abandoning promises and legal treaties with Native peoples, displacing them with little or no recompense, and then literally erasing whatever opportunity for reclamation might have obtained. On Thursday, October 26, the Burchfield Penney Art Center will screen Lake of Betrayal: The Story of the Kinzua Dam, a documentary that will be aired next month on a number of PBS stations across the country. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s director and co-writer, Paul Lamont; Scott Sacket, producer and co-writer; Caleb Abrams, associate producer; and Suzanne John Blacksnake, Seneca, Deer Clan, storyteller. Pay special attention to the Cornplanters, who lost in this deal their land and with it much of their post-colonial history and identity, and who then became subsidiary to but considered themselves separate from the Seneca, who were also badly screwed. It’s complicated, as is all history, but this is our backyard, and we should know it well. 

Lake of Betrayal Official Trailer from Paul Lamont on Vimeo.



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