"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Redding–CHASING VOICES is produced and directed by Daniel Golding. From 1907 until his death, John Peabody Harrington crisscrossed the U.S. chasing the voices of the last speakers of Native America’s dying languages. Understanding languages was his gift, which became his obsession. From one tribal community to the next he went, working in collaboration with the last speakers documenting every finite detail of the language before it was lost forever. Writing note after note, page after page, day after day, year after year, until his death in 1961. Over time Harrington grew more and more paranoid fearing others would steal his manuscripts. This paranoia caused him to hide his work, only sharing small amounts to satisfy his employer the Bureau of American Ethnology. Shortly after his death, boxes of personal notes and manuscripts began arriving at the Smithsonian. Six tons of materials in total. Harrington had amassed well over one million pages of notes on over 100 different languages during his 50-year career. A feat matched by no other. Producer/Director Daniel Golding is an accomplished independent filmmaker serving the Native American community. In 2000, he graduated from San Francisco State University receiving a BA in Film Production and a minor in American Indian Studies. Golding is an award-winning filmmaker. Golding founded Hokan Media LLC in 1997 as a means to produce social issue documentary and narrative films. His films have screened both nationally and internationally. CHASING VOICES KIXE Broadcast TV – REDDING, SHASTA LAKE, DOS RIOS Saturday, May 8 from 12-1 pm Click here for the schedule This documentary is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.