“Honor Thy Mother” is the untold story of 36 Aboriginal women from Canada and Native women from tribes in Washington and Alaska who migrated in the 1940s to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people. As survivors of Indian Residential Schools, they came, some still in their teens, to pick berries for Japanese American farmers, fell in love and married Filipino immigrants. They settled on the Island to raise their mixed-heritage, (Indigenous mother and Filipino father) Indipino children. The voices of the Indipino children, now elders, are integral in the storytelling of their mother’s courage and resilience marrying Asian men and risking disenfranchisement from their 19 different tribes. Many Indipino children grew up in homes burdened with their father and mother’s traumatic, collective memory of the Island’s Japanese Americans forced removal after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942.
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Large Group Screening Fee: $450
Panelist Honorarium: $150-$350
Gina Corpuz is an educator with over 30 years of experience as an Administrator and teacher, K-12 and in Higher Education. She is the Executive Producer of the Indipino documentary "Honor Thy Mother: the Untold Story of Aboriginal Women and Their Indipino Children", Author of the History of the Indipinos of Bainbridge Island and Advisor to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. She is the daughter of Evelyn Deany Williams, Squamish Nation and Anacleto Corpuz, Philippines who is a founder of the Filipino American Community of Bainbridge Island. Her son Jason lives in Woodinville with his wife Melissa. They have 5 children, Jaela, Taylre, Jackson, Ethan and Shyanne.