Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Sandra Sunrising Osawa, a member of the Makah Tribe, has been an independent filmmaker since 1970, beginning her work for television with The Native American Series, a ten part series for KNBC-TV. She has received a United Nations Fellowship to study at NYU’s Center for Media, History and Culture, the National Video Resources’ Media Arts Fellowship, and the Taos Mountain Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Sandra works with her husband, Yasu (as Upstream Productions), together having produced two films about treaty rights: Usual and Accustomed Places and Lighting the Seventh Fire, which together inaugurated Native American programming on Point of View (P.O.V.), a PBS showcase. Her interest in profiling contemporary Indian artists has also led her to such projects as On and Off the Res’ w/Charlie Hill and Pepper’s Pow Wow—as well as her current work-in progress, Maria Tallchief: America’s First Prima Ballerina. She will use funding to upgrade editing software, enabling her to work at current industry standards.

Sandra also received a 1993 GAP Award.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.