A free documentary film, “Reflections: The People of Turtle Mountain,” will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.
The film was produced by Initiatives in French Midwest about the meaning of French-Canadian and Métis heritage in North Dakota. The 20-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion describing ways to trace family threads and sharing personal pilgrimages to ancestral sites. Panel participants include Virgil Benoit, Myron Senechal, Doc Brien and Stephanie Baltzer Kom.
Benoit, a University of North Dakota professor, is founding and current president of the Association of the French of the North and director of Initiatives in French Midwest. Senechal is a genealogist who has traced his French family lineage back at least eight generations. Brien is director of development at Saint Ann’s Indian Mission, Belcourt, and has been involved in sharing the history and ancestral traditions of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Turtle Mountain region Métis people. Baltzer Kom, a state archives head of technical services, will contribute her expertise using web-based tools, particularly with Norwegian, Swedish and German records.