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This Is My Grandmother

The city of Rochester, and surrounding suburbs in Monroe County have all been settled on the seized ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (“People of the long house”) made up of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Tuscarora and Seneca Nations. Each nation maintains its own council with Chiefs chosen by the Clan Mother and deals with its own internal affairs but allows the Grand Council to deal with issues affecting the nations within the confederacy. Often described as the oldest, participatory democracy on Earth, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s constitution is believed to be a model for the American Constitution.


Among the Haudenosaunee are groups of people who come together as families called clan. As a matrilineal society, each clan is linked by a common female ancestor with women possessing a leadership role within the clan.*


Moved by the passionate desire to elevate and make visible the people, voices, and stories of our Indigenous communities and inspired by the matrilineal society of the Haudenosaunee, through our project, This is My Grandmother, Our Voices Project creates space to honor Indigenous people, their ancestors, culture, and heritage through intergenerational stories and truth telling and celebrating the resiliency of Indigenous communities, past, present, and future.

The film chronicles the stories of two Indigenous families, one of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and one of the Tuscarora Nation. These stories, told across three generations, cover growing up both on and outside of the reservation; traditions and cultural norms; and the lack of Indigenous history in classrooms. 


Courtney Shouse


Jackie McGriff

Deborah Alvarez

Deborah Alvarez

Jackie McGriff


Catherine Shutt

Kevin Cathy




Want to host a screening?

Fill out the form below and we will respond to you to set up a time to discuss your desired screening date, what's included in our screening package, and investment. 

Please note that the screening is for a portion of our film. We're currently raising money finish the anticipated feature film. 

Bring This is My Grandmother: Carol & Bev to a school/university, Boardroom, library, community center, and/or theater near you!

“I cannot recommend hosting Our Voices Project enough. Jackie and Courtney delivered an exceptional event, the cornerstone of which was the screening of This Is My Grandmother. The documentary film elucidates the importance of sharing the stories of Indigenous folks, and raises questions that need to be asked such as why there has been such a lack of Indigenous history taught in American classrooms. The panel discussion and Q&A that followed were equally profound, and it’s clear that the full room of guests that attended the event felt the same way, as hands kept going up in anticipation of being called on. A good documentary leaves you entertained. An excellent one activates its audience to further explore the focus of its subject. I’m thankful that the folks behind the Our Voices Project are doing the type of work that results in the latter."

Jim Byrne, Adult Services Librarian,
Pittsford Community Library

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