GOOD TALK WITH FILMMAKER ELIZABETH "BETH" CASTLE
REQUEST A GOOD TALK WITH ELIZABETH "BETH" CASTLE
Director of WARRIOR WOMEN
Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Castle works at the intersection of media, scholarship, and activism as a anti-racist educator with Shawnee heritage committed to liberating and sharing unknown histories of resistance. She started the Warrior Women Project (WWP) to preserve the oral histories of Indigenous activists and disrupt the dominant historical narrative through her book Women were the Backbone, Men were the Jawbone: Native Women’s Activism in the Red Power Movement. While completing her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, she worked as a policy associate for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. In 2001 she served as a delegate for the Indigenous World Association at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. While working as an Academic Specialist for UC Berkeley’s Oral History Office, she received the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz under the supervision of Professors Angela Davis and Bettina Aptheker. She co-directed the Peabody Award Nominated film, Warrior Women (2018) that premiered on PBS in 2019. She continues the collective work of the WWP through developing decolonizing curricula, activist archiving, and community media work with funding support from Firelight Media Impact Campaign Grant, the Mellon Community Archiving Grant, Nia Tero, Resist Foundation, and the NDN Collective.