(to fix it)
a film by Andrew Chambers

Pikyáv is a Karuk verb meaning, "to fix it". It is the root word of pikyawish, the World Renewal Ceremony conducted every fall by the Karuk people to "fix the world".

Pikyáv asks and tries to answer what it is that needs fixing here, in this place along the Klamath river in the remote northwestern part of California, and with these people who have forever called it their home, the Karuk.

Most of native America remains invisible to the dominant culture and mainstream media - the Indian Wars having been relegated as a reliquary to a distant and romantic past. The real truth is that the Indian Wars have really just begun. The battle for the Indian self image, representation, and autonomy have never been so timely and compelling...

© 2008 Andrew Chambers