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Dead Bird Hearts Film Screening and Discussion

General Programming

dateFebruary 14, 2024 timeWednesday, 6:15pm–8:00pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Department of Religion
  • ircpll
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Man in a bird hoodie smoking a cigarette

An indigenous love story between an incompetent man and his dog," Dead Bird Hearts offers a story of “love, loss and life with its own quirky spin.” The screening of the award-winning short film will be followed by a conversation between filmmaker/writer Ryan RedCorn (Osage) and Professor Tiffany Hale.


Ryan RedCorn (Osage) was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma into a family of preachers, politicians, and salesmen, which are all the same occupation. He is the ilonpa of Raymond and Elizabeth RedCorn. Ryan took six and half years to get an art degree in visual communications from the University of Kansas. To the surprise of many, Ryan has been able to translate his education, his ilonpa entitlement, and his family lineage into something some people think is valuable. He co-founded the Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, and started a full services ad agency in the middle of nowhere Pawhuska, Oklahoma called Buffalo Nickel Creative. Sometimes people laugh at him. But he's ok with all of that. He recently woke one morning and realized he has three daughters. He remarked, "I live a crazy life" and promptly enrolled in an MFA in screenwriting program to test his capacity for stress. He graduated in the Spring of 2020 and is presently alive, vaccinated, and serving his second stint as a writer on the third season of FX's TV show, Reservation Dogs.

Tiffany Hale is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Barnard College. She is a scholar of Indigenous religious traditions whose work focuses on nineteenth-century Native American history and United States race relations. She holds a PhD from the Department of History at Yale University and an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before coming to Barnard, she was the 2017-2018 Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Philosophical Society. She has also held fellowships at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Newberry Library D’Arcy McNickle Center in Chicago. Professor Hale teaches courses in global Indigenous religious traditions, Native American history, and religion in the Americas. Her book manuscript, titled Fugitive Religion: The Ghost Dance and Native American Resistance After the US Civil War, is under contract with Yale University Press.