By Jenna Kunze
NEW BUFFALO, Mich.—Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation) was named a 2022 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Indigenous News interviewed him right after the announcement.
Hopinka is a filmmaker, photographer and poet whose work revolves around personal positions on Indigenous homeland and landscape. He is also a film professor at Bard College in upstate New York.
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News of his award – which comes with a no-commitment amount of $80,000 – came while he was attending the Association on American Indian Affairs’ annual repatriation conference.
“I heard there was a genius among us,” proclaimed Shannon O’Loughlin, executive director of the AAIA, leading Hopinka to a room of 200 people to congratulate him.
Indigenous News OnlineJenna Kunze, who was at the 3-day conference in New Buffalo, Michigan, spoke with Hopinka just hours after the announcement. He spoke about his work, the sequel and what this award means to him. In short: “freedom”.
WATCH the interview below.
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